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Major general William Davies retired from the military as a two star general in 2000 soon.
One year later -- went to the emergency room complaining of chest -- I was zero for many hours I've been to -- The -- works.
And they came up with a conclusion that well we really don't know what caused this.
And -- could be indigestion.
Not buying that explanation general Davies to Carlisle Pennsylvania cardiologist DD.
Time for a stress test.
I was probably on the treadmill -- -- more -- for my thoughts and sentences.
I guess you know you've got a little bit of problems turn that was markedly -- I was concerned enough to not want to wait several days.
Two have the patient study I was thinking OK well coming weeks aways is going to be to set up disappointment for Grammy.
So are you ready Tyson's four wide releases I'm gonna take you to the hospital the quickest way to get -- study was -- taken to the hospital so I -- I saw no upside to waiting several days.
So doctor -- wasted no time he personally drove me to -- a specific doctor.
And had a staff you know holder of the hospital -- the diagnostic categorization.
That confirmed my belief that he had pretty significant disease.
And then we arranged to have his orders fixed and a tertiary care center about 25 miles from here how are you feeling today -- -- -- well this.
Procedure resume there -- four years ago.
I had missed I do not have a heart attack I did not have any damage to my heart.
I had four stints put -- to mind.
My arteries and I'm living a normal life.
Miles southwest of Carlyle lives Katherine -- Ten years ago she was facing major health problems of around.
I was diagnosed with them they -- a walk in the park cancer.
Had surgery -- -- gynecological oncologists.
After the surgery -- now it's much worse than we thought.
You have no more than six -- -- Don't even try -- you'll die from the treatment of -- -- -- -- won't even -- the cancer.
And that was it.
Actually coming not to go to a place -- that he was hot.
What I'm glad he's bad you don't dining car wreck and get shot by again you'll be dead from cancer experts.
But like general Davies Katherine didn't accept that answer she went -- For a second opinion.
Is it just little blood vessels in your lungs and -- the original doctor had recommended chemotherapy only.
When this type of cancer is advanced it is never ever cured -- chemotherapy -- So what we did here was.
We round table at a specific plan with her.
We combined one type of chemotherapy with radiation.
Because we'd be resumed you know wasn't working and then we added chemotherapy after the radiation.
I'm still not to give up let's try this at this doesn't -- there's other things from cancer.
We take advantage what we call multi modality care.
So if -- -- has.
This advanced disease and we know that one -- -- work.
We integrates several engines and that worked for.
I had special teams have doctors at all -- my case.
And you're right and then seven years it may -- eight years that's fun for capturing those eight years have been seeing their children grow up and -- -- -- to green children.
Something she could never put a price so.
-- -- are two patients have faired under the socialized medical system of Canada.
Europe but I can only suppose -- give them you know the circumstances.
That -- that I was -- if that happened in Canada or United Kingdom to crash site for them die that's.
The conclusion I can draw.
Remember general William Davies.
I -- and DR.
And the result was that I probably had indigestion.
Because there's nothing else so we can determine.
Take if -- best.
But when he went first second opinion his cardiologist put him in his own car.
Drove into the hospital for immediate heart surgery you -- -- an operating table getting stents -- -- to save her life the same the same day.
And it happened so fast general Davies has a daughter in law enforcement and his son currently fighting in Iraq.
He worries that the long waits for care in other countries could one day -- -- reality here.
Everyone has a health problem one timer -- given -- my concern is how.
It is my daughters are my son going to be taken hero when they have to health problem that has to be dealt with immediately.
Are they gonna have to wait in line.
Have an appointment that six months out there six weeks out there wouldn't make any difference is you're gonna die tomorrow.
And what about Katherine -- the cancer patients access I do know that they have to unconscious in Canada I don't know how easy it is to access those positions.
Or how you can do is to get second opinions there.
And the second opinions really what saint Catherine's -- I was living in a country we don't have a choice to go to the specialist.
I would have -- ever would have taken.
To come to the United States and to -- -- -- to seek out specialist.
They gave me the best opportunity to have a life I was born in Canada so I'm pretty familiar with the health care system there.
Because my relatives still live there and it is my impression that there is a long way in terms.
I'm seeing a position.
I'm getting the appropriate imaging and then getting the appropriate treatment.
So how would the two patients we have been following have -- under a different system let's check back in with Ainsley Earhardt.
The theories about doctor shortages disappearing specialists are just speculation and into the paint.
And the doctors and prospects are bright.
Doctor David -- cardiologists to general William.
In cardiology today.
There's a bill before congress to cut reimbursement for several of these studies that we do as much as 40%.
If that would get through congress and it may.
It would make it almost impossible for me to practice medicine the way I do today.
And the kind of care that I deliver would not be available to people like the general.
Because it's simply financially impossible.
Every cardiologists and central Pennsylvania that I have spoken win this terribly concerned this bill will change the way cardiology care is delivered.
There will be a disaster cancer survivor -- -- worries specialists who saved her life.
Might not be able to stay in business under the universal health care proposals -- Had between thirty and fifty X-Files that are dealing with cancer every single day and -- they do.
Unlike taken -- there are multiple studies done in my specialty which is gynecological oncology.
That showed that patients that are treated by -- oncologist live longer.
We are trained to do -- aggressive surgery we are trained to give the chemotherapy.
And we follow the patients overtime when -- do climate specialists that had been able to hang on.
With the changes.
How long's it been he's performed the procedure -- evening.
Yes he does had to do it he was top twenty years ago he's the only one in the country left and how to do it and calendar events and they've done it next time somebody where to start with the difference.
Maybe not a specialist -- -- different -- specialist.
There outcome is not likely to be as good as.
That's patients here are treated by -- -- with that -- change for the insurance.
Possibly going -- it's gonna go in the medical field thank you know it's gonna go.
I'd be scared to be in the season I was then perhaps I -- just seven years of very.
I don't know if I'd be talking to you right now.
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