A rich dude from Canada, and also the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Province, needed a heart surgery. In the entire province, nobody does heart surgeries. Rather than wait it out elsewhere in Canada, he went to the U.S.
On February 1, 2010, Williams’ office confirmed that he would be undergoing heart surgery, and had already left the province for an undisclosed location in the United States for the procedure. According to his Deputy Premier, Kathy Dunderdale, Williams decided to go to the U.S. for surgery after weeks of consultation with his doctors. She said, "Having the surgery done in the province was never an option." She said she couldn’t comment on whether the type of surgery Williams is having was available elsewhere in the country. “Ultimately we have to be the gatekeepers of our own health and he has taken medical advice from a number of different sources,” she said. “He is doing what’s best for him.”
I agree, he should do what’s best for him. But I betcha he could have his choice of doctors in Newfoundland if they didn’t have socialized medicine in Canada.
All 50 of our states have such capabilities.