May 29, 2009 9:08 AM
- In France, for instance, over 90% of their citizens have to have supplemental insurance, purchased at their own expense, over and above their massive taxation for a health scheme that's supposed to pay for everything.
- In the U.K., the socialized health service has such long waiting lists for routine necessary procedures and appointments that the government has had to stoop to enlisting the help of the very private health industry they demonized in order to get the NHS going in the first place. They've discovered the awful truth that the government can never come up with enough money to take care of all the people all the time.
- Canada has long been a favorite of health care Utopians like Michael Moore. What they don't tell you is that people have been extremely unsatisfied with waiting lists and poor care. The government, having originally outlawed the use of private, cash-only clinics, has had to look the other way now, allowing their use to clean out the back log of patients they have neither the money nor the facilities to see.
- Another interesting fact about our frozen northern friends. Two of their loudest and most vitreolic opponents of the so-called "two-tier" system described immediately above (because, they said, it was unfair to the poor and everybody should float or drown together in the same boat) were members of the Canadian parliament. When they each got cancer, they left Canada to seek treatment in the U.S.
- Canadian women routinely cross the border into the U.S. to have babies because of the critical shortage of facilities in Canada. You see, when the government runs health care, there are only two ways to cut costs: Cut services or cut the numbers of people you cover. Canada has chosen the former, of course. It'd be inhumane to leave anybody out of their superb health scheme.
- Germany can't hold on to doctors because of the crappy pay and lousy working conditions. There is such a "brain drain" that patients have to wait weeks, months, even years to see a doctor.
These are just a few examples of how socialized health care fails to solve the problem - it just (a) compounds it or (b) trades one set of unacceptables for another set.
I hope this has been helpful. It has certainly helped my feelings to write it. Best wishes to you and your family, MaineBob. I hope and pray that we will someday live in a country where I am free to provide health care to people like you without interference - even giving it away to needy people when necessary. That's why I became a doctor in the first place.