SSBG

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The Fruits of Socialized Medicine

Posted by ssbg on December 9, 2005

From ProfessorBainbridge.com

From the UK, where they did to medicine decades ago what Hillary Clinton tried to do to us in the 1990s:

One of the most decorated British fighter pilots of the Second World War has sold his medals, diaries and other memorabilia partly to pay for a hip replacement operation for his wife who faced at least a six-month wait on the National Health Service.

Sqn Ldr Neville Duke, 83, the Royal Air Force’s top-scoring ace in the Mediterranean theatre who set a world air speed record of 728 mph in 1953, put the collection up for auction rather than subject his wife Gwen to months of pain and discomfort while she waited for an operation.

… Before the sale Mrs Duke, 85, explained: “It is very likely I will need a new hip and that is something we just cannot afford. If I went on a NHS waiting list I would have to wait forever, and at my age that’s no good.

Our probable future, to be brought to you by General Motors. That is, assuming the Democrats and Big Business even allow us to retain an option for privately funded care. Perhaps, they’ll follow the Canadian model of disallowing privately funded care:

… now that the Canadian Supreme Court has ruled private health insurers should be allowed to compete with the public system, the future of Canadian healthcare is a question mark.

In the short term, the decision may light a fire under provincial governments to improve chronic problems, especially long wait times for surgeries, tests, and treatments. … In a split decision, the Supreme Court in June found that waiting lists for medical treatments were unacceptably long, causing some patients to suffer or die. The judges struck down a Quebec law banning private health insurance for procedures covered by Medicare. …

“There are tens of thousands of Mr. Zeliotis out there languishing on waiting lists,” Dr. Schumacher says. His patients, for example, go to nearby Detroit and pay out-of-pocket to get CAT scans in six days instead of waiting six months in Canada.

Where will we go? Mexico?

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