A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


"Fewer than a third of Canadians who survive a heart attack arrest are getting a potentially life-saving device to keep them from having another heart-stopping event, according to new research published this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.


The implantation rate of defibrillators into sudden cardiac arrest survivors has been rising, from 5.5 per cent in 1995 to 27 per cent in 2003 in Canada. But that's still nowhere near the rates in the U.S, where usage has jumped from 10 per cent in 1995 to 42 per cent in 2003.


Cost may be an issue. The devices cost about $18,000 each and hospital budgets are often limited. But Simpson suspects many doctors and patients simply aren't asking for them.
If patients had the option of paying for improved health care (and incidentally taking financial strain off of our health care system so that more money becomes available for others) then perhaps they would be asking for them in greater numbers? Just playing Devil's Advocate here, folks...

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