The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, too.
In Britain, they have run out of other people’s money, so the National Health Service has cut back services. According to this story in The Guardian, NHS cuts have affected patient care say four out of five doctors:
Doctors cite hospital bed closures, pressure to give patients cheaper, slower-acting drugs, cuts to occupational health support, and reductions in community health services as examples of recent cost-cutting measures.
Doctors.net.uk, a professional networking site to which almost all British doctors belong, asked medics: “Have cuts to staff and/or services affected patient care in your department, area or surgery during the last 12 months?” Of the 664 doctors who responded, 527 (79%) said yes and 137 (21%) said no.
Among 440 hospital doctors, 359 have seen cuts, while 168 of the 224 family doctors said the same.
The ultimate question though, is it “fair”? Because if everyone is getting screwed, it’s a good thing, apparently.
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