Friday, August 17, 2007

The Kids are Alright - in the US

The BBC tells the tale of a remarkable set of identical quadruplets:

A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.

The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units.

Karen Jepp and her husband JP, of Calgary, were taken to a Montana hospital where the girls were delivered two months early by Caesarean section.

Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia are in good condition at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, Montana.

Canada is a country of over 30 million people. Great Falls is a city of fewer than 60,000. Why did a Canadian couple have to drive hundreds of miles across a border before they could find a routinely small city with enough medical technology to treat their problem, rather than using technology in their own country? Hint: your answer will involve the phrase "single-payer."

Universal health care, until such time as you really need it. Hat tip: Thomas Lifson.



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