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UK Government-Run Healthcare System: Soiled Bedclothes, Starving Patients

HistoryLover Wrote: Jan 13, 2013 6:00 PM
I have many friends in the UK and a few relatives that I correspond with regularly. I hear many horror stories about the UK Health Care System. One of my friends was almost killed a couple of years ago by the extensive waits, poor care and outright goofs for a problem that would have been instantly taken care of properly in the US. He has finally recovered but only to about 80% of his former self.

During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”

Every so often, I wonder how Krugman would define a “scare story.” How about starving babies to death, as I wrote about last month? Would he say that’s “false,”...