September 19, 2007 3:38PM

Canadian MP “Thinks Very Highly” of Medicare, Goes to U.S. for Surgery

According to CTV​.ca:

Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, who is battling breast cancer, travelled to California last June for an operation that was recommended as part of her treatment, says a report.

Stronach’s spokesman, Greg MacEachern, told the Toronto Star that the MP for Newmarket‐​Aurora had a “later‐​stage” operation in the U.S. after a Toronto doctor referred her.

“Belinda had one of her later‐​stage operations in California, after referral from her personal physicians in Toronto. Prior to this, Belinda had surgery and treatment in Toronto, and continues to receive follow‐​up treatment there,” said MacEachern.

He said speed was not the reason why she went to California.

Instead, MacEachern said the decision was made because the U.S. hospital was the best place to have it done due to the type of surgery required…

Stronach, who announced last April she would be leaving politics before the next election, paid for the surgery in the U.S., reports the Star

While it is rare for MPs to seek treatment outside Canada, MacEachern said Stronach was not lacking confidence in the system.

“In fact, Belinda thinks very highly of the Canadian health‐​care system, and uses it when needed for herself and her children, as do all Canadians…” MacEachern told the Star.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Canada’s Medicare system.

Best of luck to Ms. Stronach and her family.

H.T. David Hyman.