I have been wondering what would have happened if Natasha Richardson had received health care in America. My gut, based on my life experiences, told me that her death could have been prevented at some point. I have been shocked as I have read a timeline of the medical treatment she did receive. I kept wondering what the rest of the story was because it seemed inconceivable that someone could have that type of injury and not survive. Alas, there was no rest of the story.
On a side note what no one is pointing out is that our healthcare is a lot closer to their healthcare than we want to admit. Ask a surgeon what hoops must be jumped through to get an insurance company to approve treatment. How often they are making the decisions that need to be between a doctor and a patient. Do you want to hear that you need to keep doing a conservative treatment for something that a doctor (and second opinion) thinks needs to be treated with surgery?