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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"There were other women ahead of her"

The Mayor points out a story that everyone, every single person, that thinks "universal health care" is a good idea should read.
For those of you American's who are envious of Canada's vaunted socialized health care system, you might want to read this:
Anita Hellum of Hinton, Alta. miscarried at 18 weeks and was forced to carry the dead fetus in her womb for a week because she had to wait for doctors in Edmonton to remove it. She says the awful situation has left her emotionally scarred.

Hellum's doctor said she had to wait an agonizing week to have the baby removed because it was Thanksgiving weekend and there were other women ahead of her. Hellum wonders why she had to suffer so long in one of the richest provinces in the country.

"It's even more horrendous for a woman to spend an entire week knowing she has something precious dead inside her," Psychologist Pam Algar of Edmonton's Centre for Family and Health Psychology said.

Steve Buick, a spokesman for Capital Health, an integrated health network in Alberta, said waiting a week to have this procedure was not "abnormal" and wasn't due to growing wait times.
Imagine, this isn't even *abnormal*, this is considered *normal*. Does this strike you as normal?

When all is said and done, there will only be one answer to this problem: More money is needed in our health care system.