John Stoissel of ABC News in Reason Magazine (and very probably the ONLY TV newsman on broadcast TV I still respect) has a fascinating article on Canada’s Healcare system.
And if it’s John Stossel, you know it’s well-researched, well-documented, and damned informative:
In England, health care is “free”—as long as you don’t mind waiting. People wait so long for dentist appointments that some pull their own teeth. At any one time, half a million people are waiting to get into a British hospital. A British paper reports that one hospital tried to save money by not changing bedsheets. Instead of washing sheets, the staff was encouraged to just turn them over.
Obama insists he is not “trying to bring about government-run healthcare.”
“But government management does the same thing,” says Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute. “To reduce costs they’ll have to ration—deny—care.”
“People line up for care, some of them die. That’s what happens,” says Canadian doctor David Gratzer, author of The Cure. He liked Canada’s government health care until he started treating patients.
“The more time I spent in the Canadian system, the more I came across people waiting for radiation therapy, waiting for the knee replacement so they could finally walk up to the second floor of their house.” “You want to see your neurologist because of your stress headache? No problem! Just wait six months. You want an MRI? No problem! Free as the air! Just wait six months.”
Sheesh — footnote city! But you gotta love the thoroughness; and Stossell’s bulldog reporting.