Another example of how socialism sucks, particularly for medical patients

Matt Vespa:
... In the UK, the whole system is in shambles, with patient stacking occurring on a daily basis. The New York Times had a piece on it in January:

At some emergency wards, patients wait more than 12 hours before they are tended to. Corridors are jammed with beds carrying frail and elderly patients waiting to be admitted to hospital wards. Outpatient appointments were canceled to free up staff members, and by Wednesday morning hospitals had been ordered to postpone nonurgent surgeries until the end of the month.

Cuts to the National Health Service budget in Britain have left hospitals stretched over the winter for years, but this time a flu outbreak, colder weather and high levels of respiratory illnesses have put the N.H.S. under the highest strain in decades.

The situation has become so dire that the head of the health service is warning that the system is overwhelmed.

Some doctors took to Twitter to vent their frustrations publicly. One complained of having to practice “battlefield medicine,” while another apologized for the “3rd world conditions” caused by overcrowding.

Now, for some parts of the UK, it could take up to 62 hours to get an ambulance to come to your door. So, if you’re elderly, fall, and break your hip, you have to lie in agony for hours…because socialism (via BBC):
A patient waited 62 hours for an ambulance, while four trusts took more than 24 hours to respond to 999 calls, new figures have shown.

The longest delays in the UK were recorded by Welsh Ambulance Service, which kept four patients waiting for more than 50 hours.
There is more.

It has been happening for a while.  I have a neighbor whose adult son was working in London and became so ill he could not get out of bed.  When his wife called for an ambulance, they told her to put him in a taxi.  She told them he could not walk to get into a taxi.  Finally, after several hours an ambulance arrived.  But it is typical of the rationed healthcare system where wait periods or inordinate.  I would not trade the current US system for what the UK or Canada have.


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