Feb 25, 2010

Newfoundland Premier came to US for heart surgery

Danny Williams (pictured), the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador left Canadian socialized medicine behind to have heart surgery in the United States.

Mr. Williams' decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada's health-care system.

An unapologetic Danny Williams says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

In defense of forsaking Canada’s socialized medicine, Williams said it was, “my heart, my choice and my health.”

Many wealthy Canadians shun socialized medicine in Canada for medical procedures in the United States.

Premier Williams chose Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.