Friday, July 17, 2009

Doctor Shortages. Weeehoooo. This Is Going to be Fun.

Hamilton's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was full when Ava Isabella Stinson was born 14 weeks premature at St. Joseph's Hospital Thursday at 12:24 p.m.

A provincewide search for an open NICU bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two-pound, four-ounce preemie to Buffalo that evening.

Well, it would be unreasonable to expect Hamilton, a city of half-a-million people just down the road from Canada's largest city (Greater Toronto Area, five-and-a-half million) in the most densely populated part of Canada's most populous province (Ontario, 13 million people) to be able to offer the same level of neonatal care as Buffalo, a post-industrial ruin in steep population decline for half-a-century. ~Mark Steyn

1 comment:

Mike aka Proof said...

Doctors trade a good deal of their liberty up front in extended schooling and internships so that they can have great freedom and earning opportunity later in life.

If the government starts mucking around with their freedom and ability to earn, it would not take a rocket surgeon to determine that more doctors will leave the profession and fewer quality applicants will be there to take their places.