GOP Sen. Rand Paul will travel to Canada this month to undergo hernia surgery because of injuries he suffered when a neighbor attacked him while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.
The New York Post reports:
Paul is scheduled to have the outpatient surgery at the private Shouldice Hernia Hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, the week of Jan. 21, the Louisville Courier Journal reported, citing documents from his civil suit against Rene Boucher filed in Warren Circuit Court.
The hospital, which charges between $5,000 to $8,000 for the operation, markets itself as “the global leader in non-mesh hernia repair.”
Paul, an ophthalmologist, said the operation is related to injuries he suffered in 2017 when Boucher left him with six broken ribs and a bruised lung.
Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, a fierce political critic of socialized medicine, said the hospital is privately owned and people come from around the world for its services.
“This is more fake news on a story that has been terribly reported from day one — this is a private, world-renowned hospital separate from any system and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services,” Cooper said in an email to the Courier Journal.
While Shouldice is privately owned, it receives most of its funding from the Ontario government and accepts the Ontario’s Hospital Insurance Plan, the paper reported.
Its website outlines payments it accepts, including cash, check or credit card for those patients, like the senator, who are not covered by Ontario’s insurance plan or a provincial health plan.
Paul often argues for private market solutions to the US health care problems — and has called universal health care and nationalized options “slavery.”
Boucher pleaded guilty in March to attacking Paul over a beef about lawn maintenance. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Paul was mowing his yard on Nov. 3, 2017, at his home in a gated community in Bowling Green when Boucher saw him piling brush onto a pile near his property, according to court records.
Boucher tackled Paul in an attack that a medical expert said is comparable to chest trauma that would be seen in a 25 mph car crash, according to a court document filed by Paul’s attorney.
Paul is suing for $4,000 in medical costs but said the final amount “will continue to be updated through trial and will certainly include the hernia surgery that is currently scheduled to take place in Ontario, Canada.”
A jury trial related is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Bowling Green.