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Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams speaks in St. John's on January 28, 2009. (Paul Daly/Paul Daly)
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams speaks in St. John's on January 28, 2009. (Paul Daly/Paul Daly)

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Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams's heart surgery touched off a storm of controversy when it was revealed that he chose to have the operation in the United States.

Media in both Canada and the U.S. have suggested his decision reflects badly on the state of Canadian health care.

The procedure Mr. Williams needed, which has not been disclosed, was not available in Newfoundland but could have been obtained from surgeons in other parts of Canada.

Richard Baker, founder of Timely Medical Alternatives, joined us for an online discussion. Mr. Baker's Vancouver-based company helps Canadians obtain private health care, including in the U.S.

Mr. Baker, who considers himself a medical broker, founded Timely Medical Alternatives in 2003. He has previously worked in marketing at Procter and Gamble and as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch.

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