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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 28 August 2019 - 10:41 AM

Itís A Good Thing I Donít Live In The Country With The ĎBest Medical Careí

American Thinker
By Alicia Colon
August 28, 2019

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Most of the Democrat candidates pushing Medicare for all cite Canadaís system as the envy in the entire world. Bernie Sanders has been touting Canadaís health care system as far superior than anything here in the United States. At the same time there have been several articles debunking that reputation by patients needing immediate care. I must disagree with all the 2020 Democrat candidates who are proposing the single payer socialist health system. I believe we have the best system in the world and my recent health care proves it. If I lived in Canada, Iíd be dead.

I am not a wealthy senior citizen and I lost my Cadillac health plan when my husband retired. I only have Medicare, which covers 80% of my doctor visits. Iíve been seeing a cardiologist for past 20 years to control my blood pressure and my past test results have always been negative. A few weeks ago, my doctor at Cardiovascular Associates of Staten Island informed me that my echocardiogram showed an abnormality and expressed concern that my heart function levels had decreased. He ordered a nuclear stress test for the following week and when this showed even lower function, he suspected that I must have had a silent heart attack as I was asymptomatic. When he said that he had to perform a cardiac catherization for a closer look at my arteries, I was terrified but submitted to it a week later.

On August 8th, during the procedure the doctor discovered that I had a 100% blockage of the lad artery (known as the widowmaker) and managed to insert two stents that opened the artery. It was (I learned later) a very challenging task, but after the doctor left the surgery to inform my husband why it had taken so long, his fellow physician was so excited that the procedure was a huge success and showed me the film of what had been done. I watched in amazement and gratitude as the blood flowed through the blocked artery after the stents were inserted and thanked God and my physician for saving my life.

I only spent one day in the hospital for observation and went home the next day with prescriptions for a blood thinner and baby aspirin. The only evidence of the procedure was a large black and blue bruise left in my right arm where the catheter had been inserted in the wrist. I received excellent top of the line care in the Tower which is part of the Northwell Health System located in Staten Island University Hospital Center. Perhaps this hospital is not as well-known as those in neighboring Manhattan but the Heart Tower is the embodiment of superb cardiovascular care.

From the time of my doctorís appointment alerting me to my heart crisis to my hospital discharge only spanned weeks and there was no long wait for approval as there would have been if I received ďfreeĒ medical care in our northern neighbor. The tales coming from patients who endured unbelievable waits for simple diagnostic procedures amount to horror stories ending in, at times, death. Many patients ended up getting taken care of in the States.

Valerie Sobel wrote a great column in American thinker about the ďHealth Care system thatís the envy of the world". Then I read last week about a 41-year old Canadian disabled man, Sean Tagert, suffering from ALS who had his health care funding stopped by this ďgreat systemĒ but it did pay for his assisted suicide (which is legal in Canada).

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 11:17 AM

Yep this happens all the time in those "free" systems. Note none of the marxists that want to be in charge would ever subject themselves to this care. They are exempt from it. There is an entire wing of a hospital in DC that is for them ONLY, the entire floor is theirs and it is secured so we plebe's cannot see it. I was there as a medevac crew member back in the day. It used to be at Bethesda but now moved to Walter Reed since they closed Bethesda. They get top care for free and we would never be allowed to compete with them for it.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 03:56 PM

The author's experience echos my own. In 2011 I had my aortic valve replaced using the latest (at the time) minimally invasive procedure, performed at a top notch hospital here in Houston, by a heart surgeon that studied under both DeBakey and Cooley - yeah, those guys... From check up to recovery was about three weeks. I have a 29mm titanium and pyrolitic carbon mechanical valve and a 2.5" scar to memorialize the experience. Dems that want to mess with US healthcare do so at their political peril.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 04:16 PM

From the time I had symptoms, angina, to having a bypass operation (pre stent days) was less than a week.

We can't scuttle the US health care system, where will the Canadians go when they need quick health care procedures?
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:09 PM

https://www.dslrepor...Quebec-this-bad

Read about Canadians hospitals in Quebec on a Canadian chat page.
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Posted 28 August 2019 - 06:01 PM

BEST Medical Care IMHO? Swiss/German. They seem to have gotten it "right" with a Public/Private model.
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Posted 29 August 2019 - 11:04 AM

We had an IT consultant who was from Canada who was just about ready to get his citizenship. He complained about the medical system in Canada all the time and said he prayed that the US didnít do something stupid like Canada, especially since he moved to get away from that clown show. He blamed the Canadian system for his Uncle dying of cancer because when he was having stomach issues it took months to get appointments for tests and treatment.
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Posted 29 August 2019 - 02:53 PM

Here's an interesting short podcast by Canadian conservative commentator (<10 minutes) on problems with Canada's healthcare system and the misinformation being pedalled by Democrats

https://www.spreaker...y-rejoinder-004
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Posted 11 September 2019 - 12:08 PM

A very interesting aspect missed is the fact that no public or government run system can last with a low birth rate. Every single industrialized first world country in on the planet has birth rates to low to sustain gov run medical care. IE Japan, where is the money going to come from is more people are dying then being born?
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