Jumping the queue with petro-dollars?

Posted By: Claude Beaulieu · 2/1/2013 1:48:00 PM

According to the LaPresse newspaper, the MUHC allowed a woman from Kuwait to get ahead of Quebecers waiting for surgery. The report says the Kuwaiti government paid for what the paper called "the red carpet" treatment.

The MUHC confirms the La Presse story that the unidentified Kuwaiti woman received prompt treatment, but says she was brought to the front of the line on compassionate grounds for urgent care she couldn't get back home. MUHC spokesman Ian Popple says no Quebec patient was deprived of care as a result, that her hospital bed and her time in surgery did not come from regular hospital resources and that Kuwait paid the hospital 150-thousand dollars, or triple what it says was the normal cost of her care.

Popple wouldn't say what ailed the woman, but that her treatment was successful.

Quebec Health Minister Rejean Hebert, reacting to the news, expressed misgivings about what the MUHC did but has indicated that the hospital will not be fined.

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  1. Umaga posted on 02/01/2013 02:32 PM
    " misgivings about what the MUHC did " ? Kuwait gave the hospital $ 150,000 , Sounds like a policy that should be encouraged to me . A few dozen similar cases every year and think about all the new state of the art equipment that could be bought .
    1. LMAO posted on 02/02/2013 08:03 AM
      @Umaga I have no problems when a province as poor as this one receives overseas aid but equipment bought at the expense of the suffering of all sick Quebecor's who have paid into a system that should be looking after their health first and foremost is a disgrace. Tell those waiting for an operation that they should be overlooked for a few dollars of extra cash when the present government has quite clearly stated that the people of Quebec don't need any more money in the health care system after it cut millions from the budget. What was the government comment "no Quebecor's will suffer from the latest healthcare cuts".
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