Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will travel to Canada, a country with socialized medicine, later this month for hernia surgery. The upcoming operation is related to an injury Paul received in 2017 when his neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked him while he was mowing his lawn. The incident left him with six broken ribs and a bruised lung. The procedure is estimated to cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000, according to court documents. The private hospital’s website outlines payments it accepts for patients, like Paul, who are not covered by Canada’s provincial health insurance plan.
UPDATE: This post previously suggested Paul will visit a hospital under Canada’s socialized health-care system. We’ve updated to reflect that he will visit a private hospital.