Mark Steyn has received letters from citizens in countries with socialized medicine. It is not a pretty picture. Here are a couple of selections for your enjoyment:
ONLY 40 MONTHS IN THE QUEUE
"I am now in the queue for replacement surgery and have just another 7-10 months to wait! If I am lucky enough to receive the surgery in that time frame it will have taken nearly 40 months from the first referral to replacement surgery. Yippee!"
THREE DAYS ON A STRETCHER
74 year old Canadian woman dies after lying on a stretcher outside of an emergency room in Quebec for three days.
NEAREST ONTARIO HOSPITAL - IN BUFFALO NEW YORK
No Level 2 NICU available in Canada to accommodate these preemies when they were born. The babies are taken by ambulance to Buffalo, NY - where they stay for 6 weeks.
I found another interesting article over at A Tangled Web. The BBC reports that, as a result of the government demand for greater efficiency, proposals are being made to cut over 150 beds from Belfast's main hospitals. They want to put a hiring freeze on, too. The hiring freeze, of course, would affect front line workers only.
(GET RID OF THE HOSPITAL BEDS, THE WORKERS AND THE PATIENTS!!! THEY ARE TOO EXPENSIVE!!)
I cannot believe that anyone thinks this is a good idea. Billions of pounds are being poured into the NHS - who is getting all of that money? Not the front line workers and certainly not the patients. The bloated bureaucracy wouldn't think of cutting themselves out of the equation.
Socialized Medicine is a LOSER! It has NEVER worked. It NEVER will.