This this man have died from his tooth infection had he been in Canada?
September 9, 2011 4:04 PM Subscribe
How would this story I read today of a man who died after an untreated tooth infection have ended had it happened in Canada? Would he have had better care or would the result have been the same?
posted by fso to Society & Culture (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So the story
is that a guy who had to have his wisdom tooth pulled out didn't have insurance and couldn't get the procedure done. Tooth was infected and he went to the emergency room when it got bad. He was offered prescriptions for antibiotics and painkillers but couldn't afford both so he opted for the painkillers. The infection then spread to his brain and he passed away.
My instant reaction was that this was a sad commentary on the state of healthcare in the States. However, I wonder if this would have had the same result in Canada. I'm not expert in either system, so I'm just curious. Would he have been able to receive emergency dental care in Canada? Would he have been able to get both prescriptions filled? Would his odds of dying have been the same?