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Ensuring That All Are Equally Ill
Critics of the U.S. health care system point to Europe and Canada’s government-funded programs as cure-alls. But what they don’t notice is that European patients are anxious to escape the straight-jacket of government-rationed health care.
It's not surprising that Europeans are sick of being sick in health care systems that force them to suffer through long waiting periods, bureaucratically determined rationing - as opposed to the self-rationing that would be practiced in a free-market system - and punitively high taxes to pay for the mess. …
Most British patients who need to be seen by a physician for non-urgent care wait 13 weeks, enough time for a nonurgent condition to become quite urgent. A third have to wait more than six months, enough time for a nonurgent condition to turn deadly. …
Some argue that despite these flaws, national health care is effective. But that's not what professor Nick Bosanquet of London's Imperial College thinks. He believes the quality of health of the British system - held out with Canada as the model the U.S. must follow if it's to cure its health care "crisis" - is shabby.
"Our performance on the killer diseases is particularly alarming," he said. "Survival rates for cancer are far higher in the U.S." …
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