Across the Channel, there is very little that can be said in favor of a health system which is the most ideologically egalitarian in the western world. It supposedly allots health care independently of the ability to pay, and solely on the basis of clinical need; but not only are differences in the health of the rich and poor in Britain among the greatest in the western world, they are as great as they were in 1948, when health care was de facto nationalized precisely to bring about equalization. There are parts of Glasgow that have almost Russian levels of premature male death. Britains hospitals have vastly higher rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (a measurement of the cleanliness of hospitals) than those of any other European country; and survival rates from cancer and cardiovascular disease are the lowest in the western world, and lower even than among the worst-off Americans.
posted on 08/09/2009 8:52:05 AM PDT
Theodore Dalrymple is so cool. This is a ‘pen name’ for a British psychiatrist. I ran across him years ago. He is great!
posted on 08/09/2009 9:17:02 AM PDT
“There are parts of Glasgow that have almost Russian levels of premature male death.”
Council estates, crappy weather, alcohol, bad food, downward-spiraling economic standing, other unhealthy lifestyle circumstances. Can’t be good for a person.
posted on 08/09/2009 9:44:00 AM PDT
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posted on 08/09/2009 11:34:06 AM PDT
(Xin loi minh oi)
great article on healthcare for your list
posted on 08/09/2009 3:38:47 PM PDT
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posted on 08/09/2009 5:45:44 PM PDT
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