It’s all over the news that a mother from Alberta gave birth to her two month premature baby in Ontario while visiting family.
She had been given clearance by her doctor to make the trip. There was no reason to believe that the baby girl would make her appearance while out of province.
Because the hospital where she was delivered could not accommodate this premature birth, mother and baby were flown to a neighboring hospital in the same province to the tune of approximately $30,000, which the airline stated in advance of the emergency flight. (Why $30,000?!)
Of course the mother agreed…what was she going to say…”No, no, I can’t pay to save my baby’s life!” Knowing she lived in Canada, she felt her Canadian health care would be looked after…and normally it would.
Now each of the provinces are declining to accept health care responsibilities.
What is the big deal??? This is a life and death situation of a brand new human being, of not the child’s nor the mother’s choosing.
Why can’t each province split the cost of the air ambulance…a mere $15,000 each. Each province can afford it and obviously, the young mother cannot.
When, oh when, is our society going to start implementing humane values to human conditions?
When are we going to start making exceptions to the so-called “RULES”?
When are we going to put human life ahead of the bottom line?
When are we going to cut the red tape in favor of the right thing to do?
Is this blog going to make a difference to this young mother’s plight? Not likely…but at least for once I won’t just sit back and say, “There’s nothing I can do about that.”
There comes a time to take a stand to cut the red tape.
Oh, Patricia, we know what rules in the hearts of corporations…the love of money! They serve the masters of this world, few will take kindly to making humane gestures. Few take the road of common courtesy either. My favorite saying in cases like this is: “The only thing about common sense is that it’s not too common!”
Guess what, Steve? The provinces split the cost!!!
Well good for them! I am so happy that some common sense won out in this case! Good for them!!!
Thanks Patricia and enjoy your day,