Previous health care posts
Before we see today’s post, here are some of my previous posts on health care.
- Obama plans health care rationing for you, but not for him!
- Consider the rationing of health care in the UK
- In Canada, you can deliver your own babies while you wait
- Single-payer health care explained with videos
- More videos showing socialized medicine horror stories
- Keith Hennessey explains Obamacare in 15 points
Socialized medicine by the numbers
I was having a nice chat today with a friend about whether we should expect government-run health care to work as well as private health care. I asked to him to reflect on how incompetent government offices are for services like driver’s licenses, vehicle titles, immigration, postal services, etc. Then I asked him how satisfied he was shopping online from Amazo.com or in person at Wal-mart. A private seller in the free market needs to meet your needs better than other competitors, so you will get good service – because you have a free choice. But what happens when you have only one option?
Hot Air has a post by DirectorBlue that analyzes government-run health care.
Here are just a few of his numbers related to waiting times:
14: The percentage of all patients in Britain who wait more than one (1) year to receive treatment after a referral by a general practitioner. Half of all National Health Care patients in Britain wait between 18 and 52 weeks for treatment.
90: Number of days, on average, each Canadian patient must wait for an MRI under the Canadian government-run health care system.
10,000: Number of Canadian breast cancer patients to file a class action lawsuit against Quebec’s hospitals because, on average, they were forced to wait 60 days to begin post-operative radiation treatments.
443,849: The number of British patients of the National Healthcare Service (NHS) who waited four or more weeks for inpatient admittance into a hospital (Excel file) in May of 2009 (more than 75% of all patients).
1,500,000: The number of Canadians who do not have — and cannot find — a general practitioner/primary care physician due to shortages in medical staff: “In Norwood, Ontario, 20/20 videotaped a town clerk pulling the names of the lucky winners out of a lottery box. The losers must wait to see a doctor… Shirley Healy, like many sick Canadians, came to America for surgery. Her doctor in British Columbia told her she had only a few weeks to live because a blocked artery kept her from digesting food. Yet Canadian officials called her surgery ‘elective.’ …’The only thing elective about this surgery was I elected to live,’ she said.”
The article also discusses the costs of socialized medicine, patient outcomes, illegal immigrants, fraud, waste, etc.
Needless to say, this is a MUST-READ. Send it to all your friends!