Coming soon to a hospital near you.
When Great Britain hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012 it screwed up its national pride and touted one of its greatest post-was achievements: its National Health Service.
When we Americans were debating Obamacare, no less a propagandist than Paul Krugman assured us that the stories of substandard medical care in England were untrue.
In Krugman’s immortal words:
In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.
Last Wednesday, The New York Times reported on the true conditions in Staffordshire, England:
Shockingly bad care and inhumane treatment at a hospital in the Midlands led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths and stripped countless patients of their dignity and self-respect, according to a scathing report published on Wednesday.
The report, which examined conditions at Stafford Hospital in Staffordshire over a 50-month period between 2005 and 2009, cites example after example of horrific treatment: patients left unbathed and lying in their own urine and excrement; patients left so thirsty that they drank water from vases; patients denied medication, pain relief and food by callous and overworked staff members; patients who contracted infections due to filthy conditions; and patients sent home to die after being given the wrong diagnoses.
This proves definitively that Krugman’s words do not correlate with reality. To be charitable, I imagine that Krugman does not believe what he said either.
The moral of the story: if you buy what Paul Krugman is selling you need some serious health care. But, please try to avoid a government run health care facility.