HEALTH CARE: U.S. VERSUS U.K.

Few of us actually experience, first hand, the difference between socialized medicine and market-based health care. F. Brinley Bruton has been a patient in both types of systems, and here’s what she says about the latter:

In New York, I never feared that I would be overlooked. At my doctor’s office in upscale Gramercy Park, he and his nurses took their time seeing me, and were always at pains to reassure me.

And here’s what she says about the socialized British system:

Unlike the personal care I received in the U.S., in London, I felt like I was on a vast and often creaking conveyor belt, and there was a big risk of falling through the cracks. British care is socialized — and feels that way.

Sadly, Bruton seems to be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. She prefers the system in which she received such poor care:

Still, even if the system here is riddled with problems, I’ve come to appreciate the U.K.’s efforts to care for the health of all of its people, including me.

Or perhaps this weird attitude is related to the fact that she’s a journalist. Maybe she’s afraid that she won’t place any more articles if she contradicts the party line.

[HT Hot Air]

Comments 1

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    Come on – she’s comparing a private doctor’s office with a large public hospital. A better comparison would be with one of your large hospitals – like the one in New York where that woman was left to die on the waiting room floor. As for ‘falling through the cracks’ – many millions of Americans already have!

    As she says:

    ‘When I got sick I wasn’t afraid to call the doctor because of money. I was run through myriad tests and attended to by a fleet of nurses and doctors. I am now fully better. I can and do make appointments at my neighborhood doctor’s office a five-minute walk from my house, without ever having to worry about being bankrupted.’

    Posted 24 Sep 2008 at 3:35 am

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *