Monday, August 10, 2009

Child drowning victim rushed to Buffalo from Ontario

Alison Langley wrote in "Boy, 4, dies after falling into pool", (St. Catharines Standard, Aug.10, 2009):

"A four-year-old boy has died after falling into his family's backyard swimming pool in Fort Erie Saturday.

Niagara Regional Police say emergency crews were called to a Garrison Road home around 7 p. m. after receiving a 911 call that a child had been pulled from a pool with no vital signs.

The child was taken to Douglas Memorial Hospital, but officials quickly determined he needed to be transferred to another hospital - Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection, together with the Peace Bridge Authority, temporarily closed the Peace Bridge to allow the ambulance clear access across the span. "There was no need for passports, no stopping at all, they went right over," NRP acting Staff Sgt. Wayne Genders said.

At the other side of the bridge, members of the Buffalo Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Office were waiting to escort the ambulance to the hospital. "Every intersection from the bridge to the hospital was closed," Genders said.

Despite the efforts of emergency crews, the boy succumbed to his injuries Sunday afternoon. His name has not been released.

Genders said he is grateful to all of the agencies involved for their co-operation and assistance in this "tragic event."

The Fort Erie Fire Department and Canada Border Services Agency also assisted in the effort to get the boy to hospital.

While passports or other approved documents are now required in order to cross the border, U. S. border officials say those requirements can be set aside during medical emergencies."


In this tragic situation, at least thankfully the American health care system was able to take in the boy, when Ontario's Liberal health monopoly - once again - couldn't provide necessary and timely treatment.

Why was this Ontario patient taken to a hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.?

What was available across the Niagara River in Buffalo, which couldn't be provided here in McGuinty's Ontario health monopoly? Why are so many patients being sent to the States - and why aren't St. Catharines Liberal MPP Jim Bradley, or Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, or Ontario Health Minister David Caplan, answering these questions?

Is anyone even bothering to ask?!

Why are these all-too-frequent situations of Canadians being transported to the States for health care being trivialized, dismissed, and marginalized by certain groups - on both sides of the border? Is the export of patients from Ontario to the U.S. a systemic response within Ontario's monopoly, or should this be filed under the convenient heading of "oh, this is just an anecdote; it's just a one-off kind of thing; this is just an exception-to-the-rule situation; don't worry about it"?

Will the ombudsman or the coroner look into these cases of patients being exported to the U.S. for treatment that is unavailable in Ontario, to see why this pattern is emerging in Ontario?
Dalton McGuinty's tax-and-spend Liberal government lies to Ontarians with propaganda as to how good Ontario's single-payer health monopoly supposedly is; yet, mysteriously, the Liberals can't provide health care in Ontario to those who suddenly need it.

Why? Who is explaining what is happening in Ontario with health care - why some patients are sent to the States, while others aren't? What needs to be done?

Ontario's Liberals send patients to the same hospitals in the same American system which they smugly LOVE TO DENIGRATE. (eh, Jim Bradley?)

Who is asking these secretive Liberals to explain themselves?
Certainly not anybody at the St.Catharines Standard's Jim Bradley Booster Club, that's for sure.

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