Monday, July 16, 2007 8:35 PM

Tubes and Machines

From: Dyane
Date: Monday, July 16, 2007 4:24 AM
To: mmflint@aol.com
Subject: Another Canadian Health Care Truth

Hello Michael!

I just wanted to thank you for doing this for all the American people that Canada cares so much about. The fact that money comes before human life is appalling, but then why am I surprised? These are the same people who allowed 9/11 and Katrina to go down the way they did.

I'm so thankful I am Canadian!

I went into labour 2 months early with my son and we were both in the hospital. Me for one week, him for 3 weeks (we were really lucky!). My blood pressure went through the roof after the birth, as well as my asthma, which resulted in me having to have a "combivent" treatment every 4 hours for 6 days. They were so worried that I wasn't getting any better that they rushed me in to see the lung specialist in the hospital after 3 days, which is normally a 3 month wait. I couldn't have asked for better care.

My son was on tubes and machines for the whole 3 weeks, and everything, including the formula they used for him, was provided. With all the worry that I was doing, praying that he would survive, the least of my worries was having to pay for our care. (The hospital even makes if affordable to pay for parking all day everyday by supplying passes for a minimal fee!)

I kept thinking about how if I was American, my baby could've died and I would've been a lot worse off with the asthma. There's no way I or my family could've afforded it.

How terribly frightening that money comes before human life. Especially, in America.

Dyane

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