April 21st, 2009
08:18 PM ET

Human cost, not the system

The Globe and Mail

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Quebec's government is overreacting to some reasonable questions raised by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, about the time it took to get actor Natasha Richardson to a facility that could treat the serious head injuries she suffered because of her fall at Mont Tremblant.

Dr. Gupta is not in the same class as the U.S. neo-cons who are despicably using the tragedy to attack Canada's public health-care system and to defend their own, a system that has its own stark deficiencies. In his blog item “calculating the risks of skiing in Quebec,” Dr. Gupta – himself a neurosurgeon – simply sets out that, with injuries such as Ms. Richardson's, “speed matters.”

This does not, as International Relations Minister Pierre Arcand's reaction implies, amount to an attack on Quebec's health-care system. Dr. Gupta goes out of his way to call the health care provided in this country “world-class.” Though he doesn't come out and say so, he must recognize that there are more obstacles to quick assessment at a neurotrauma centre in the U.S. than mere availability of a helicopter.


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Medical News
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. RoseParvin

    Natasha's husband Liam Neeson's new film TAKEN exposed the trafficking of women by the Global Mafia Bullies who do anything and their culture is when you have money you can do anything you want!

    This is very alarming and carelessness is all over it! When ANNa Nichole was murdered gradually by her own fiance the attorney and I called it immediately as I saw her in the hotel room drugged without supervision of a man who claimed to be so in love with her while her son had already died of a suspicious death who would inheret her wealth coming to her, everyone laughed and today after it is almost proven by god's hands no one is laughing.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  2. Isabel

    The issue is much larger than a possible criticism of the health system in Quebec. A life was lost – investigations should be made to see whether or not there was negligence.

    April 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm |
  3. Vicky

    If what Dr. Gupta said helps save just one person, then it was all worth it. Time is of the essence when it comes to a head injury; this was not an attack on Quebec's health system.

    April 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm |