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US or Canadian Healthcare

Editor’s note: He is one example of a comparison between US and Canadian healthcare. Undoubtedly, there are many stories in both systems that give pause to the notion of adopting the other nation’s system of health care.

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KINGSTON, Ontario (CNN) — For Shona Holmes, simple pleasures such as playing with her dog or walking in her plush garden are a gift.

After suffering from crushing headaches and vision problems, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor four years ago. She was told if it wasn’t removed, she could go blind or even die.

“They said to me that you had a brain tumor and it was pressing on your optic chasm and that it needed to come out immediately,” Holmes said.

Holmes is Canadian, but the “they” she refers to are doctors at the Mayo Clinic in the United States, where she turned after specialists in her own government-run health care system would not see her fast enough.

“My family doctor at that time tried to get me in to see an endocrinologist and a neurologist,” Holmes recalled. “It was going to be four months for one specialist and six months for the other.”

Even with the warning from U.S. doctors in hand, Holmes said she still couldn’t get in to see Canadian specialists. Because the government system is the only health care option for Canadians, she says she had no choice but to have the surgery in the U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/07/06/canadian.health.care.system/index.html

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July 6, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, Health care delivery, healthcare, quality | , ,

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