Just snip and paste the articles you read coming from England and Canada, and you'll have a great montage of the state of health Care here in five or so years…
Here are two examples to get you started…
Officials from the South London NHS Trust have apologised to the family of Derek Sauter…
The 60-year-old did not receive a "proper and professional standard of care" when he was admitted with a chest infection in June 2008… his oxygen levels went unchecked for 11 hours and were 35% lower than recommended.
After being admitted in the morning, he was given antibiotics and oxygen, but was later forced to ring his wife to tell her that he was not allowed any more water as he had earlier knocked over a cup. After ringing the switchboard, a doctor was called to the ward, only for a nurse to tell him that the patient was "overreacting".
A spokeswoman said:.. "The trust believes that Mr Sauter did not receive a proper and professional standard of care that he and his family had a right to expect."
Oh, by the way, Mr. Sauter died, apparently without receiving any water.
And Oh Canada!
From the James Taranto series:
Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
The Montreal Gazette reports from a "thinkers' conference" held by Canada's opposition Liberal Party:
In a morning session on health care the conference was told that Canadians and their governments must face up to some hard facts and have "an adult conversation" about the future of the country's health care system.
The advice came from David Dodge, the past governor of the Bank of Canada and former deputy finance minister who said medicare costs will inevitably rise in coming years at a greater rate than government revenues and the country's gross domestic product, and require some unpalatable choices to be made.
Choices he suggested include new taxes specifically dedicated for health care or a steady reduction in the scope and quality of services provided by the public health system that would require people to either pay for private care themselves or suffer ever greater wait times for service in the public system.
"These are stark and unpalatable choices that we face with respect to health care, but there is no magic solution," he said. "We absolutely must have an adult debate about how we deal with this. Finding solutions in this area is extraordinarily difficult, but it is imperative."
No magic solution? Dude, haven't you heard of Barack Obama? He just signed a law that will reduce the deficit by giving totally awesome health care to all Americans! Why don't they just pass a similar law up north? What's the matter with Canada?