Friday, April 04, 2008

Socialised medicine

Yep, it's another classic from Things White People Like (I wonder how many more of my readers will fail to get the joke this time?)...
#94 Free Healthcare

Though their passion for national health care runs deep, it is important to remember that white people are most in favor of it when they are healthy. They love the idea of everyone have equal access to the resources that will keep them alive, that is until they have to wait in line for an MRI.

This is very similar to the way that white people express their support for [state] schools when they don’t have children.

Indeed; do read the whole thing. Although, please, also bear in mind that free at the point of use does not mean that it is actually free: someone, somewhere, is being forced to pay for your treatment even if you have not.

And those of us who are a little wiser about the wonder that is socialised medicine, in the UK at least, do like to have considerable private back-up...


lost_nurse said...

"considerable private back-up..."

Some of which will include - or is likely to include - services provided by the dreaded NHS. And by the same staff.

William Gruff said...

Those of us who can afford back-up. Personally I can barely afford the petrol to drive to my GPs' surgery and the prescriptions I must buy and consume before I can say 'Well it wasn't what you thought, now can we try looking at what I fear my symptoms may mean?' are gathering dust.

As one who can afford nothing else. I think socialised medicine is fantastic, literally.

Chalcedon said...

The government need to bite the bullet, grasp the nettle blah blah and adopt either the German model of healthcare or the French model. Both work very well. You know why? Because they put the patient first. Their systems are designed to help the patient, are focused on the patient. They also require everyone who can afford it to have healthcare insurance in addition to taxes. This is why they can afford such a lavish system. One that works very well on all levels. They also train enough doctors. Male doctors. women docs are fine until it's sprog time then they effectively drop out. Yet 60% of our medical students these days are women. Hey, it's equal opportunity.

This is why the NHS is such a Stalinist one size fits all semi useless system. Semi in that acute care is very, very good. But the NHS is still very bad with hum drum stuff such as minor surgery.

I practice commercial medicine these days, working as a consultant to big pharma and other healthcare companies. I would just be in tears otherwise! Or in jail for murder. These bloody silly targets get in the way of CARING for patients!!!!

No wonder so many docs drink to excess.