Health cuts creating new tourism opportunity

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Dear Editor,

I would like to applaud the government on their recent cuts to health care in this province. I'm specifically referring to the cuts to x-ray and lab services in Lewisporte and Flowers Cove and Health Minister Oram's promise to cut more of these same services in other areas of the province. The suspense is wonderful fun.

Dear Editor,

I would like to applaud the government on their recent cuts to health care in this province. I'm specifically referring to the cuts to x-ray and lab services in Lewisporte and Flowers Cove and Health Minister Oram's promise to cut more of these same services in other areas of the province. The suspense is wonderful fun.

Not only do these cuts streamline an obviously bloated health care system but if the government keeps centralizing services in large areas they will be able to increase the value of the tourism industry in the province. By eliminating health care services in all rural areas and centralizing everything in St. John's, Gander and Corner Brook the government could reintroduce hospital boats to the province. Twice a year, a beautiful ship loaded with doctors, nurses and lollipops would dock in the harbour and you could get all the help you needed. This could keep with the unique appeal of our province and people would flock from around the globe to get their appendix out while at the same time taking in a puffin and whale watching tour.

Other popular initiatives could be doctors travelling through the country side on dog teams as roads will obviously need to be removed to give rural Newfoundland and Labrador that truly rustic look which will appeal to the most adventuresome world travellers. Expecting a new child, come to Newfoundland and have your baby delivered in a cabin by candlelight by a midwife, or somebody's uncle. Those globetrotters with Body Integrity Identity Disorder* could get the genuine experience of having a leg hacked off with a handsaw and no anesthetic.

The possibilities and spin-offs are endless to create a new health related tourism industry as a result of these wonderful cuts to the health care system. Keep 'em comin' b'ys!

Cheers,
Greg Knott
St, John's
*According to Wikipedia, a neurological and psychological mental disorder implying a psychological feeling that one would be happier living life as an amputee and is usually, if not always, accompanied by the desire to amputate one or more healthy limbs in order to enact that desire.

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Geographic location: Lewisporte, Flowers Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador St. John's Corner Brook

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  • Frank
    June 29, 2010 - 15:38

    Greg, what does tourism have to do with health care. You have tourists who are complaining bout the poor service already and can,t wait to get back home to see their own physiciand. They are not complaining about the doctors, nurses and front line staff, but the long waiting list and having to give a finincial history before they were seen. The service rendered has to be payed for, but that is not a prefeence when you are in so much pain. br br Greg, your psychological assessment of matters is bull as I have been doing assessments for years and you are far off when it comes to the psychological needs of people and the tourist industry funding which is usually thrown in the kitty for health care anyway. It is even used to pay your salary. br br Frank Blackwood