If President Clinton had to wait weeks or months for urgent bypass surgery like patients in Canada or the UK, he would be dead. Mr. Clinton’s physicians said he was at serious risk of a major, life-threatening heart attack. He needed the bypass quickly and got it.
In Canada, patients needing urgent attention wait over three weeks to see a cardiologist and another two weeks or more to have an urgent bypass operation. If the surgery is not absolutely ugent, add a couple more months. Waiting lines in other government-run health systems are even longer.
In an excellent op-ed in the New York Post, Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, shows how the former president should be thankful his massive health reform proposal of 1993 never passed.
President Clinton was released from the hospital today and is recuperating at home. We all wish him well for a quick and full recovery.