Ah, socialized medicine. Everyone is guaranteed care, right? And the government saves so much money that is wasted in America. Well, so much for the free lunch. Despite a lot of money poured into the system by the Labor government, Britain falls behind Estonia and many of its neighbors. British care is on par with that provided in several former Soviet bloc states. Reports the Daily Mail:
Healthcare in Britain is worse than in Estonia even though we spend four times as much on each person, according to a Europe-wide league table. And despite the billions poured into the NHS by Labour, the standard of care is on a par with the former Communist states of the Czech Republic and Hungary, which spend far less on health. Long waiting times and slow access to new cancer drugs were highlighted as major reasons for Britain's â€˜mediocre' placing of 13th out of 31 countries. Britain came out near the bottom on cancer survival rates, waiting times, MRSA infections and the speed of access to new drugs. The Euro Health Consumer Index report found that when the cost-efficiency of the health service was taken into account, the UK came 17th.Hopefully the new administration will keep in mind the Hippocratic Oath when it decides to "reform" health care: First do no harm.