Socialized Medicine Kills Hollywood Actress

Saturday, March 28, 2009

As Nancy Pelosi prepares to introduce government run healthcare, Americans must start thinking about where we could be headed if this goes through. Not only will it be the number one government imposed financial burden upon families in the future, our health could be put in jeopardy.

Just last week, actress Natasha Richardson died in a tragic skiing accident in Quebec, Canada. Questions are being raised whether she could have been saved had her accident occurred in the U.S. instead of country under government healthcare. While no one can know for sure, here are some things to consider about the type of care she was given, or not given, in this case.

Medical reports indicate that she suffered from an intracranial bleed. This resulted in increased pressure against her brain that worsened each minute she did not have the surgery needed to relieve that pressure. Following her ski accident, because government officials denied paying for a medevac helicopter for the Quebec province (despite a population of 7.5 million), Richardson was driven 40 minutes to the hospital, only to wait there for 2 hours because they lacked the scanning equipment and a neurosurgeon was not available. She was then driven to Montreal for care, but it was too late.

The delays due to slow transport and insufficient diagnostic equipment and surgical options would be unlikely to happen within the US healthcare system. Canada's top head trauma doctor told the Associated Press that "Our system isn't set up for traumas and doesn't match what's available in other Canadian cities, let alone in the States."


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