Grace-Marie Turner

In the U.S., helicopters to airlift trauma patients, widely available scanning equipment and specialized doctors are often taken for granted.

Canada and other countries with government-controlled health systems spend less per capita on health care than the U.S. does, but the lack of investment in health care technologies that literally can save lives has come with a different price.

Ms. Richardson’s organs were donated to help save the lives of others. But friends say her two teenage sons are distraught, even blaming themselves because their mother was trying to learn to ski for them. They must see that it was the system that failed their mother.

It is a tragedy indeed.

Grace-Marie Turner

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a non-profit research organization in Alexandria, VA, that focuses on health reform.