Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Oy, Canada (Again!)

Thank goodness for medical tourism:

"Inside Sylvia de Vries lurked an enormous tumour and fluid totalling 18 kilograms [almost 40 pounds!]. But not even that massive weight gain and a diagnosis of ovarian cancer could assure her timely treatment in Canada."

So she did what an increasing number of ailing Canucks are doing, and headed for the border: Pontiac, Michigan. There, she had the foot-long tumor removed by a skilled American surgeon, and just in the nick of time: a few more weeks, and she faced the failure of multiple organs. Yikes!

But it gets worse: because she didn't cross all the t's and dot all the i's, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan refuses to cough up the $60 grand to cover the potentially life-saving procedure. The result is that her life savings are now depleted, and she faces huge medical bills and further treatment.

But hey, it's free!

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