Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Socialized medicine watch

From Great Britain, the Daily Mail reports
A woman aged 108 has been told she must wait 18 months before the Health Service will give her the hearing aid she needs....

The one-time suffragette is one of hundreds of thousands of older people made to wait up to two years and sometimes more for modern digital hearing aids that make a dramatic difference to their ability to hear and communicate.

Single payer health care systems control cost by rationing. In this case, it will likely be successful in controlling costs since the 108-year woman is unlikely to still be alive when she turns 110 and her name comes to the top of the waiting list.

RELATED: While US liberals are advocated socialized ("single-payer") medicine as part of recent leftward trend, Jurgen Reinhoudt notes today in the WSJ that European leftists are moving right toward free enterprise.

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