From the Department of Hypocrisy: the Premier of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province, Danny Williams, has run screaming from Canada’s vaunted universal health-care system to seek treatment in the US:
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week in the United States.
Deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed the treatment at a news conference Tuesday, but would not reveal the location of the operation or how it would be paid for.
“He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done,” said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks.
“In consultation with his own doctors, he’s decided to go that route.”
Mr. Williams’ decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada’s health-care system.
I’ll say. So, the single-payer wonder that is Canada’s health-care system couldn’t provide the needed specialist, whereas the free-market system in the US could? Or was it that the rationing that is inevitable in such systems wouldn’t allow him access fast enough? That would perhaps be ironic, and certainly hypocritical, since Williams has been a fervid defender of Canada’s system.
These are interesting questions, and the answers may well be relevant to the health-care debate here in the United States. We want to wish Premier Williams well with his surgery and hope he has a speedy recovery (and, if this is heart trouble, perhaps he should lay off the poutine?); we’ll be very interested in what he has to say on his return.