Monday, March 21, 2005

National Health Care in practice: "If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies."

Socialized Medicine in Action: Canadians Face Long Waits for Health Care

Socialized health care in practice:

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TORONTO [March 21, 2005]- A letter from the Moncton Hospital to a New Brunswick heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram said the appointment would be in three months. It added: "If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies."

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More from, of all places, the New York Times:

Full Hospitals Make Canadians Wait and Look South

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MONTREAL, Jan. 15 [2000] - Dressed in her orchid pink bathrobe and blue velour slippers, douardine Boucher perched on her bed at Notre Dame Hospital here on Friday and recounted the story of her night: electric doors constantly opening and closing by her feet, cold drafts blowing across her head each time an ambulance arrived in the subzero weather, and a drug addict who started shouting at 2:30 a.m., "Untie me, untie me."

But as nurses hurried by on Friday morning, no one thought it remarkable that Ms. Boucher, a 58-year-old grandmother awaiting open heart surgery, had spent a rough night on a gurney in an emergency room hallway. After all, other hallways of this 3-year-old hospital were lined with 66 other patients lying quietly on temporary beds.

To explain overflowing hospitals here and across the nation, Canadian health officials are blaming the annual winter flu epidemic.

But, at the mention of flu, Daniel Brochu, the veteran head nurse here, gave a smirk and ran his pen down the patient list today: "Heart problem, infection problem, hypertension, dialysis, brain tumor, two cerebral hemorrhages." On Thursday, he said, crowding was so bad that he was able to admit one patient only after the ambulance crew agreed to leave its stretcher.

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The siren song of socialism must be fought forever. This is because there will always be suckers who actually think they can get someting for nothing. And there will always be politicians who are willing to get those suckers' votes...

No National Health Care in America? That's just sad.

Via Fark, Yahoo News and The New York Times.

Speaking of health care ... here's more than you ever wanted to know about circumcision. Via Classical Values.


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