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UNIVERSAL NEGLECT

November 8, 2007

The universal health care model those on the left have been trying to force on the country will establish a system in which the state takes over medical treatments and makes decisions for the sick, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

The ugly reality of this is evident in Britain.  According to the Daily Mail:

  • The National Health Service recently began denying cardiac patients access to drug-coated stents (tubes used to open up arteries).
  • The stents -- used to treat around 30,000 patients a year -- were apparently deemed not cost-effective.
  • The decision was made despite surgeons saying that holding back drug-coated stents will actually increase NHS' costs because many patients who don't get the stents will eventually need expensive heart bypass surgery.

Clearly, Britain is not the ideal place to get sick.  But no comment on universal care would be complete without mentioning Canada, says IBD:

  • Among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries, the Fraser Institute notes in a recent study, Canada ranks No. 13 out of 24 in access to MRIs.
  • The country also ranks No. 18 in CT scans and No. 7 out of 17 in access to mammograms.

Source: Editorial, "Universal Neglect," Investor's Business Daily, November 6, 2007.

 

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