Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The MVNHS© Strikes Back

Emphasis on "strikes:"

"Tens of thousands of junior doctors, a term that covers medical professionals with as much as a decade of experience, were believed to have refused to work, providing only emergency coverage because of a dispute over pay and working conditions"

This is the oft-overlooked truth about nationalized health care schemes: the providers become employees of the state ("who pays the piper calls the tune"), and are thus subject to said government's whims. In this case, some 4,000 elective procedures, including hip and knee replacements, were put off; one wonders how many patients' symptoms are now even worse.

And I certainly didn't know this, despite being a long-time student of the Much Vaunted National Health Service©:

"[D]octors are officially required to work a 48-hour week"

So let's see: the government tells doc's how much they must work (and that's a pretty heavy load), and how much they'll be paid. Seems like there should be a term for that.

But, hey: Free health care.
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