Watch This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care

03/13/2014 02:18 pm ET | Updated Mar 14, 2014
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Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday.

Martin was in Washington D.C. to answer questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on different health care systems around the world. When Burr asked Martin "on average how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year," she answered with a fact about the American healthcare system.

"Do you know?" Burr asked.

“I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all," Martin said.

But that wasn't the only question Martin schooled Burr on. There was also this exchange:

Burr: What do you say to an elected official who goes to Florida and not the Canadian system to have a heart valve replacement?

Martin: It’s actually interesting, because in fact the people who are the pioneers of that particular surgery, which Premier Williams had, and have the best health outcomes in the world for that surgery, are in Toronto, at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, just down the street from where I work.

So what I say is that sometimes people have a perception, and I believe that actually this is fueled in part by media discourse, that going to where you pay more for something, that that necessarily makes it better, but it’s not actually borne out by the evidence on outcomes from that cardiac surgery or any other.

Several media outlets took note of the exchange, including the L.A. Times, CBC News and HuffPost Canada.

Watch the exchange above.

This post has been updated with links to other sites that reported on this video.

Also on HuffPost:

  • 1. Finding a family doctor takes forever
  • And then you end up on a wait list for two years.
  • 2. Specialists and hospitals don't talk
  • Which means your specialist might send you to a hospital with a long wait time instead of one with a short one.
  • 3. Hospital parking is SO EXPENSIVE
  • And nobody makes change inside.
  • 4. Doctors are too busy
  • And it always feels like they're rushing you out the door.
  • 5. Friends with doctors in the family get better service
  • They magically get appointments in two weeks instead of eight months.
  • 6. We have to pay for drugs/dentists/vision care
  • But we always forget and end up forgoing care or emptying the wallet.
  • 7. And don't get us started on mental health coverage
  • Which often isn't covered either.
  • 8. Family doctors insist you can't use walk-in clinics
  • Because they lose money every time you do. Why is the pay structure like this again?
  • 9. Preventative care takes a backseat
  • Even though it could help us save money.
  • 10. Moving provinces is a nightmare
  • We're supposed to have universal health care, but good luck figuring out the paperwork to get reimbursed for out-of-province care.
  • 11. It costs money to get a sick note
  • Why do we pay for you to scribble gibberish on a notepad? Feels like a hidden fee.
  • 12. And to renew prescriptions over the phone
  • Now I'm going to the office for no good reason. But the doctor will get paid, so the system will lose money on the transaction. Genius!
  • 13. Doctors STILL HAVEN'T GONE DIGITAL
  • Even after the eHealth scandal in Ontario.
  • Seriously, do they just hate computers?
  • But even though things aren't perfect
  • At least we'll always be better than them
  • That is all

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