Tuesday, January 30, 2018

More from Up North and Across the Pond

Perhaps you've heard the horrific story of the Canadian couple and their Caribbean Vacation from Hell:

"Young couple contracts hookworms in feet at Punta Cana beach resort"

Well, turns out that the worms weren't necessarily the worst part of the story:

"Canadian Couple Forced To Travel To U.S. To Treat Parasitic Worms ... Health Canada denied them a prescription."

That's the trouble (well, a major factor, anyway) with "free" health care: you get what you pay for.

Not to be outdone, the Much Vaunted National Health System© once again says "Hold my pint, mate." Sally Pipes reports:

"The United Kingdom’s government-run, single-payer healthcare system is so inept that something as mundane as flu season can cause a national crisis ... One Portsmouth resident, 88-year-old Josephine Smalley, died on New Year’s Day after spending five hours in an ambulance and another two waiting on a gurney at Queen Alexandra Hospital."

Now to be fair, this season's flu situaton is taxing **our** system, as well (heck, I had a client die recently from it); the lesson here is that the clam that socialized medicine is somehow superior is, well, hokum.

[Hat Tip for first item: @transitfok]
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