Tuesday, January 1, 2008
A loyal reader sent this astonishing link about Britain's NHS, some people's idea of a model national health care system. The idea seems to be that if you have been bad, smoking, drinking, getting fat, well then, you go to the bottom of the queue for those who get treatment. Too fat? No help on fertility for you, dearie? Smoker? Somebody else gets the cancer care first. When waits are long already, this is as good as saying, no care for you.
I have no problem with insurance companies charging higher premiums or not insuring at all people who engage in risky behaviour. But a national health plan makes it more difficult or impossible, and under some programs, illegal, for private insurers to operate.
There's something very strange going on in the UK. It's getting to the point where it's not even funny anymore.