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Subject:  Re: Moving to Canada Date:  9/25/2008  3:51 PM
Author:  aj485 Number:  1289 of 1845

In the UK hospital, people were literally lying the hallways for hours (no rooms) with no one to attend to them or feed them. Not my idea of fantastic...

Oh, we get that with the US healthcare system, too. Here's a recent example:

Michael L. "Mike" Herrera, who helped found his family's popular chain of restaurants, died Saturday after waiting nearly 19 hours to be seen at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He was 58.
Mr. Herrera praised the doctors who tried to save his brother's life.

"I want to commend those doctors for working on him so long and so hard trying to bring him back," Mr. Herrera said.

He also said he understands the reality of the wait.

"Anybody who goes to Parkland knows they are going to be there eight, 10, 14 hours if you go to the emergency," Mr. Herrera said. "If you're not dying or not a gunshot wound or a heart attack victim, you're going to be at the back of the line.

"Every time somebody comes in, you're going to the back of the line again," Mr. Herrera said.

Mike Herrera had health problems, including being overweight, his brother said. He did not have private health insurance.

Of the long wait, Jimmy Herrera also said: "In a sense, it's the price you pay for not having private insurance."

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