Sunday, August 19, 2007

Canadian Couple Has to Drive to Great Falls to Have Babies

A couple from Calgary, Karen and J.P. Jepp, had to drive 325 miles to Great Falls in order to have their identical quadruplets because the hospitals in Calgary were unable take them because they were at capacity. They would have had to wait a few months, I guess. So the couple could not rely on their country's Universal health care and had to look to the US where there is no wait time at Benifis Healthcare Hospital.

It seems that this happens fairly regularly according to the Great Falls Tribune.

Karen Jepp was the fifth pregnant woman transferred to Benefis this year because of neonatal care unit shortages in Canada.
This is just more evidence that Government run healthcare will produce shortages, inefficiencies and reduce the quality.

If you are interested in helping the Jepp family with their quadruplets, they have a website where you can donate to help them out with their beautiful new additions.

UPDATE: I found this article from the BBC with this quote:

A medical team and space for the babies had been organised for the Jepp family at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary but several other babies were born unexpectedly early, filling the neonatal intensive care unit.

Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada but none had space.

The Jepps, a nurse and a respiratory technician were flown 500km (310 miles) to the Montana hospital, the closest in the US, where the quadruplets were born on Sunday.


  1. As soon as I read that story that's exactly what I thought, bed shortage. Nice to have it confirmed. Big Swede. Think any one of our friends left of center will bring it up?

  2. That's what I've been saying - if the US goes to single-payer, WHERE will the Canadians go??? Heheh.

  3. Carol,
    I thought the same thing. We will probably see Canadians working to oppose any attempt of our government going to Universal care.

  4. Now, if I were a liberal, like, say, Colby Natale, I would argue that it’s no big deal for a pregnant women to put her name on a waiting list for obstetric services. And if it turned out that the waiting list was so long it would require the pregnant woman to carry her baby for 10, 11, or 12 months before a hospital bed was available, I would argue that's much better than her seeking a back-alley delivery.

  5. Actually she wanted to get an abortion, but the wait was over 9 months. Big Swede