Wednesday, July 29, 2009

UK's Gov't. Health Care Has Pauperized Its Citizens

Not coincidentally, the U.K. is by far the most unpleasant country in which to be ill in the Western world. Even Greeks living in Britain return home for medical treatment if they are physically able to do so.

The government-run health-care system—which in the U.K. is believed to be the necessary institutional corollary to an inalienable right to health care—has pauperized the entire population. This is not to say that in every last case the treatment is bad: A pauper may be well or badly treated, according to the inclination, temperament and abilities of those providing the treatment. But a pauper must accept what he is given.

There is no right to health care—any more than there is a right to chicken Kiev every second Thursday of the month.

~A British physician writing in today's Wall Street Journal


At 7/29/2009 8:55 AM, Anonymous Eben said...

Anyone who believes that the health care debate is about providing good health care to everyone is a tool. It has always been, and will always ever be, about the powerful and influential garnering more power and influence for themselves.

At 7/29/2009 9:00 AM, Blogger Angie said...

I always read these things and think how much worse Britain's care would be if they had to subsidize the defense of the rest of the Western world.

IMHO, Europe's military expenditures are disproportionally small because we spend so darned much protecting them. In turn, that leaves them with more money to spend on their backwards socialism follies.

At 7/29/2009 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is about transferring wealth, but not in the classic sense (from those who have to those who have not). This is about transferring wealth to those who are politically connected from everybody else.

From Reuters:

The Obama administration, as part of its economic stimulus package, will give states and local governments more money to control obesity, including investing in public transportation, Sebelius told an obesity conference in Washington.

I don't think I've ever heard of a public transportation diet. I don't think I've ever heard of a doctor or diet specialist counseling someone who is obese to use public transportation to get their bodies back into shape.

Tell me again how propping up public trasportation employee pension funds is going to combat obesity?

At 7/29/2009 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But a pauper must accept what he is given."

Beautifully put. To care for the paupers in our population, we must all become paupers, or so the healthcare "reform" supporters believe.

At 7/29/2009 11:19 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hands down some of the best comments I've read with regard to the "health care reform". You guys drill down directly to the heart of the issue.

How many Americans will be able to drill through Obama's and Pelosi's propaganda to see it for what it is?

I sure hope you are talking to everyone about this - Including your representatives, because, in the end, they know you can take them out.

At 7/29/2009 2:39 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Size wrote:

"I sure hope you are talking to everyone about this - Including your representatives, because, in the end, they know you can take them out."

That is, of course, unless it is structured such that more voters receive free benefits than voters who are taxed to pay for it.

At 7/29/2009 3:31 PM, Blogger fboness said...

Dr. Alan Shipman of the NHS was convicted of killing ninety five of his patients. Review of his records indicates the toll may be three hundred or more.

How could this happen?

1) Nobody in NHS noticed.
2) Nobody in NHS cared.

Do you thnk he is the only one?

At 7/31/2009 2:12 PM, Anonymous Norman said...

Mayhem against Brit Docs:

About five years ago a British physician reported in the WSJ that in one year 40% of British docs reported getting physically assaulted at least once. I wonder why.


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