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Wednesday
May252011

"Confirm or deny: Was that Tiger Woods limping into a Toronto hospital, twice in the past month or so?"

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons posed this question to readers:

Confirm or deny: Was that Tiger Woods limping into a Toronto hospital, twice in the past month or so? Sure looked like him...

You know they say the quality of health care is better in Canada!

Anyone know of any good sports medicine guys up there?

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Reader Comments (12)

Beware the source. Simmons breeds hyperbole and rumour mongering.
05.25.2011 | Unregistered Commenterphil
And with the Toronto Maple Leafs eliminated from the NHL playoffs 3 months ago, Simmons has had plenty of practice of late ...
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike B
The Leafs were condemned to multiple years of playoff absences three years ago through horrifying trades made by their current GM.

Since the Leafs aren't expected to make the playoffs until sometime around 2015, Toronto-based hockey writers appear to have become golf writers. There still learning the beat.

Go Canucks Go!!
05.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Most of us don't relate to Toronto up here. But the quality of health care in Canada is greatly exaggerated down there. Usually for political gain.

I don't know anything about the seedy aspect of performance enhancing drug care. If I did, I wouldn't have lost 10 yards off the tee this year.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMulligan
Is it true that Tiger arrived at his most recent press conference on crutches, wearing a Camwalker (aka Moonboot or post-operative boot) ?
05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
If Tiger limped into a Toronto hospital recently, he must have booked the appointment 6 months or so back. That's the way it works in Canada. Sort of like buying groceries in the old Soviet Union -- unless you're suffering from a life-threatening ailment, you wait in the queue.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Fowler Sports Medicine Clinic at the Uniiversity of Western Ontario is doing cutting edge stuff with knee realignments. Athletes from around the world have had the procedure done. Could be that. "Western" is about 100 miles from Toronto.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered Commentersteve
They are hinting at another visit to Galea folks - only this time up there since he can't currently cross into the US.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
If Canada's quality of care is exaggerated in the U.S., it's denigrated in Canada, and no less for political gain. There are options for non-urgent care, especially if you're worth billions. The image of TW taking a number in triage is laughable.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterG
I hope Tiger gets his bad wheel fixed.

The other question is: How many medical bankruptcies are filed in Canada vs. south of the 49th Parallel?
http://www.bankruptcycanada.com/blog/canadian-and-us-bankruptcy-rates/
http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/25/2/w84.full
If you're going to rumor monger, you need to at least name the hospital, sheeez. Otherwise it's just lazy. Either you forgot to ask your source (or they didn't know the name on the large hospital they went to multiple times), or your lacking in imagination to add the name and make your report seem better.

And honestly if Tiger was going to go to Canada to see Galea, it'd clearly be to his house, and then we could have the Tiger skulks into Galea's house story.

More generally there are world class Dr.'s in Canada, just like foreign athletes (and dignitaries) sometimes seek out specific Dr.'s in the states. Believing that people would only come to the US for treatment and Americans never go elsewhere is horribly jingoistic.
05.26.2011 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Based on Woods past comments, we can say for sure he wasn't in town to see the Leafs play. LOL - or we could base it on the fact that the Leafs are playing golf in another playoff season. But Woods really disenfranchised himself in Canada when he ran off at the mouth insulting hockey.
05.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMulligan

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