Thursday, May 31, 2007

Brain cancer surgery canceled 6 times

This Canadian cancer patient might consider traveling to the US. Everybody who thinks government run health care is great, raise your hand.


Health Minister George Abbott said he regrets elective-surgery postponements, but said there are more urgent cases.

"There are periodically occasions when there will be a rash of serious injuries or illnesses that have to be given precedence within the surgical slate," he said.

But (patient) Frye, noting the power that Abbott and health bureaucrats wield, said: "Should I be able to sit behind a desk and decide who lives or dies?"

Last week, the chief of surgery at Royal Columbian said he had cancelled more than 70 elective surgeries this month.