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John Kinkaid: Health care nightmare

To the editor:

In 2006, Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy, went to the Cleveland Clinic to have heart surgery.

Why?

He could have gone to the finest hospital in Rome for free. As the head of state, I doubt if he was denied additional care because of his age. He probably just wanted the best care.

The U.S. has better survival rates than Europe for 13 of the 16 most common cancers. The prostate cancer survival rate in the U.S. is 91 percent. In France, the survival rate goes down to 73 percent. Don’t get prostate cancer in the U.K. Their survival rate is only 51 percent.

Britain’s National Health Service cancels 100,000 operations every year. One million Brits currently are waiting to be admitted to a hospital. Two hundred thousand are waiting to get on the hospital waiting list.

In Canada, there is a town that holds a monthly lottery for people waiting to be assigned to a primary care physician. Eight hundred thousand of Canada’s 33 million citizens are waiting generally 18 months for needed procedures. That is twice as long than what their physicians consider reasonable and prudent.

Many of Canada’s doctors are moving here. If your pet needs a C.T. scan that can usually be scheduled for the next day at a vet clinic that has the equipment. Vet clinics are run for profit.

The House “health care” bill has, among many other things, two divisions basically dedicated to civil rights. It will be a nightmare.

John Kinkaid

Craig


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