Looks like I'm not the only one with a morbid curiosity - the site has received so much traffic due to media saturation that it went down for a while.
A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.
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...
"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.
"In this year's first financial quarter, the Conservatives took in 10 times as much money as the Liberals from 10 times as many people, giving them millions to spare for anti-Liberal TV ads. The Grits raised $531,141 from 4,365 contributors in the period ending March 31, while the Tories raised $5.1-million from 45,192 donors."Great news for the Conservative party, obviously, but the numbers tend to confirm my suspicions that it was a mistake to pass up a spring election (though I count myself among those who correctly never expected to see one). John Crosbie himself once told me that there is nothing so dangerous as a cornered liberal; giving the Liberal Party time to organize their fundraising efforts may yet prove to be a costly mistake. However, we haven't seen what the future may bring, so I'm still holding my breath. After all, A summer break might just be what the doctor ordered for a tired and listless electorate (as well as CPC party fortunes!)