Cheer up, you could have been British!
The Great One reports on:
Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
"British health care is little better than that of former Communist countries, which spend a fraction of the billions poured into the NHS"–the National Health Service–reports London's Daily Mail:
British cancer and heart attack victims are more likely to die than almost anywhere in the developed world;
Asthma and diabetes patients are more than three times as likely to end up in hospital as their neighbours in Germany;
Life expectancy in Britain–79 years and six months for a man–is far worse than in France, where men expect to live until 81. The deficit is similar for women.
Britain performed only marginally better than former Communist states whose governments spend only half as much on healthcare.
But there is also good news for Brits, courtesy of former Enron adviser Paul Krugman: "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."