Canadian Politician Who Had Heart Surgery In U.S.A. Explains Decision

by William Teach | February 24, 2010 7:36 am

Remember Danny Williams[1]? He’s the Newfoundland and Labrador Premier who decided that the Canadian socialized health care system just wouldn’t cut it for his health. Why?

An unapologetic Danny Williams[2] says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a “minimally invasive” surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago, based on the advice of his doctors.

“This was my heart, my choice and my health,” Williams said late Monday from his condominium in Sarasota, Fla.

What it came down to was that he wanted the best medical care possible, so, rather than deal with what he would get in Canada, he came to America

His doctors in Canada presented him with two options – a full or partial sternotomy, both of which would’ve required breaking bones, he said.

Ouch! So, he spoke with a leading cardiac surgeon in New Jersey, who is from the area Williams is from (hmm, I wonder why a Canadian doctor would want to get out of the type of system the Left says is great?), who recommended he go to Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and

Williams said Lamelas made an incision under his arm that didn’t require any bone breakage.

“I wanted to get in, get out fast, get back to work in a short period of time,” the premier said.

Sounds like a better decision, eh? Of course, he has to say nice things about how great! the Canadian system is, but, when push came to shove, which system did he opt for? The one which would have put him in a long line and broken bones, the one which uses older methods, or the one which could take care of him quickly, cleanly, and with the latest in techniques? Exactly.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[3]

  1. Danny Williams:
  2. An unapologetic Danny Williams:
  3. Pirate’s Cove:

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