Williams’s faith in system merits some skepticism
Shouldn’t the statement by Danny Williams, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, about his faith in the Canadian health-care system be viewed with suspicion, be taken with a grain of salt, be seen as hypocritical or contradictory?
I went through the system expeditiously, but the recovery time that was lengthy. In 2000 I had open heart surgery, a double valve replacement done in one 12-hour session. This included replacement of my mitral valve which is Williams’s problem, according to Canadian press reports.
My heart is now more piggish than human, but who cares? I can go about my old business as usual.
The replacements were done at Halifax’s Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre without a hitch and by a world-recognized cardiac surgeon. I showed my gratitude by publishing in a monograph a fossil plant species after his name, and I believe he is probably the only cardiac surgeon in Canada to be honoured in this fashion.
By the way, yes, I have a cut in my breastbone done by this surgeon who is widely known for his knife economy, making small incisions.
By Williams’s own account he wanted to avoid such a frontal incision, which he accomplished through a procedure in Florida.
I cannot know whether this was for reasons of vanity, medical necessity or increased probability of survival. If the latter, it speaks for an indictment of the quality and expertise of the Canadian healthcare system, including medical training; it would be confirmation of a two-tier system which de facto already exists for the rich and powerful, including prime ministers and the like.
True, this premier did not jump the line of waiting Canadians but what about the question of trust in our Canadian system?