Advocates of socialized medicine often cite “equality” as a major advantage of their preferred health care delivery model. Recently, however, the NHS demonstrated that some patients will be more equal than others when government bureaucrats run the system.
An NHS trust has spent more than £12,000 on private treatment for hospital staff because its own waiting times are too long.
In other words, resources meant for NHS patients were diverted so that the staff of the government-run hospital would not have to endure the wait times to which they routinely subject their patients. Because they work for the system, they received preferential treatment on the taxpayer’s dime:
The private treatment, which amounted to £12,116 for 271 appointments over the past year, was described by critics as “shocking”. Mark Wallace of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Their staff should have to wait like everybody else.”
Mr. Wallace is confused, I guess. In government-run health care, waiting lists aren’t for hospital staff or the bureaucrats in charge. And they certainly aren’t meant for the politicians who create and perpetuate these grotesque systems. Waiting lists are only for the poor saps who pay the bills.