The Daily Mail (h/t: Pi Guy) had the following three headlines together on the front page (screenshot here) that illustrate exactly how “great” socialized medicine is in the UK:
- Hospital pulled plug on mom to save ‘resources’, not even deigning to wait 12 hours so children flying in from abroad could arrive to say a final goodbye
- Father forced to deliver own baby in maternity ward
- GP home visit lottery: in some areas, 1 chance in 50 of your request for a home visit getting answered
In related news, Canadian Prime Minister Newfoundland and Labrador Premier comes to US for medical care. Instapundit is having a field day with this:
From the comments: “Seems to me that when our Premier goes to the US for heart surgery, the analogy that comes to mind would be if the President of General Motors said ‘Our GM cars are fantastic, but myself — I own a Ford.’”
UPDATE: Reader Geoff Coghlin writes:
“I’m a Canadian in Australia, and a great fan of your blog.
The premier heading [S]outh is not new. The Canadian political elite has long headed to the US for medical services while – with straight faces – extolling the virtues of socialized medicine for everyone else. And US hospitals are always used to back up a system in Canada that can’t meet demand.
It prompts the question: If the US adopts Obamacare, how will the Canadian health care system survive?”
ANOTHER UPDATE: More from the Globe and Mail.