Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada

Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada

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The information appeared in documents filed in the senator's civil lawsuit against neighbor Rene Boucher, who pleaded guilty to assaulting Paul in 2017.

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 now scheduled to take place in Ontario, Canada".

Shouldice Hospital, in Thornhill, Ont., is dedicated exclusively to care for hernias, according to its website.

Paul, who is not covered by the Canadian health care system, will pay out of pocket for the operation, an aide told Politico.

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The Republican lawmaker is scheduled to cross the border for outpatient surgery scheduled sometime during the week of January 21 at a hospital in Thornhill, Ontario, his attorneys said in a recent filing in Paul's lawsuit against Rene Boucher, who attacked Paul while the senator was doing yard work.

Paul has called universal health care "slavery" because it would "conscript" doctors and their staff members to provide care. The cost is estimated to be $5,000 for a one-sided fix and $8,000 for both sides.

"Shouldice is a private, world-renowned hospital specializing in hernia fix, and people come from around the world to pay cash for their services", spokesperson Kelsey Cooper told Global News via email. Boucher pleaded guilty a year ago to attacking Paul in a dispute over yard care and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Federal prosecutors are appealing for a longer sentence.

At the time of the attack, which was reportedly over lawn maintenance disputes, Paul also suffered six broken ribs and a bruised lung. A jury trial is scheduled to begin late this month in Bowling Green.

Baker said that Boucher has made a $30,000 USA offer of judgment to Paul.

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