Britain’s NHS, which is government-run (i.e., Communist) medicine, has, unsurprisingly, Communist outcomes. Lots of people die unnecessarily in England under the government’s beneficent care:
British health care is little better than that of former Communist countries, which spend a fraction of the billions poured into the NHS.
A survey published yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development sees Britain languishing with the Czech Republic and Poland in international league tables on health.
The OECD – which represents developed Western countries, some former Soviet nations, Mexico, Japan and South Korea – compared healthcare standards among its 30 members and found that we lag even further behind the wealthiest nations, such as France, Sweden and Germany.
The figures showed:
- British cancer and heart attack victims are more likely to die than almost anywhere in the developed world;
- Asthma and diabetes patients are more than three times as likely to end up in hospital as their neighbours in Germany;
- Life expectancy in Britain – 79 years and six months for a man – is far worse than in France, where men expect to live until 81. The deficit is similar for women.
Britain performed only marginally better than former Communist states whose governments spend only half as much on healthcare.
Read the rest here.
Do I need to say, again, that this is the ultimate goal the Democrats have for America? Repeated evidence to the contrary (the entire Soviet bloc, England, Canada, etc.), the Democrats are convinced that, if you can just do it right, government health care will be better than health care in a market economy that is only subject to limited government constraints. They can’t get it through their heads that, to the extent medical care in America is too expensive, that expense is driven by government interference in the free market.
As I always say, government should exist to police fraud and protect citizens from overreaching. Government becomes a problem when it dictates what people must buy (as is the case in practically every health insurance market in America), and controls the available products. Government becomes a threat when it takes over the market entirely, as it has in England.