This article in the New York Post written by Cory Franklin, M.D., raises new questions regarding the tragic death of 45-year-old actress Natasha Richardson at a Canadian ski resort. Dr. Franklin ponders the vast differences between the Canadian and U.S. health care delivery systems, including the lack of helicopter services to trauma centers, which would have facilitated urgent care in a more timely manner. His article raises the question whether Richardson could have survived her head injury had the accident occurred in the United States. CAT Scan and MRI equipment were oddly missing at the local hospital.
The Globe and Mail released the 911 transcripts which reveal the lost time — from the ambulance dispatch to Ms. Richardson’s hotel room and her arrival at the hospital, during which critical hours elapsed. Experts say a medical helicopter, which can make the trip from Mont Tremblant to Sacré-Coeur in less than 30 minutes, might have saved her life.
For an eye-opening introduction to the cost benefit analysis, governmental control and rationing of care that undergirds the Canadian health care system, read this article in the Tucson Citizen — also posted on the Americans for Prosperity website.