Also, at the bottom of this page is a link to many other countries and widespread problems related to their socialized health systems.
Great Britain's National Health Service (NHS) was created on July 5, 1948. As with all government programs, bureaucrats underestimated initial cost projections. First-year operating costs of NHS were 52 million pounds higher than original estimates1 as Britons saturated the so-called free system.
Many decades of shortages, misery and suffering followed until 1989, when some market-based health care competition was reintroduced to the British citizens2.
Unfortunately for those requiring care, a mostly socialist health care system has problems. The articles and commentaries in this section identify some disasters caused by government intervention in the British health care system.
Woman forced to pull out own teeth after 12 NHS dentists refuse to treat her - Olinka Koster, March 26, 2008 [Daily Mail(UK)]
Women in labour turned away by maternity units - John Carvel, March 21, 2008 [Guardian Unlimited]
Smokers and the obese banned from UK hospitals - May 2, 2007 [Healthcare News]
British Healthcare To Be Rationed - April 7, 2006 [United Press International]
2,000 British doctors out of work - August 14, 2005 [The Washington Times]
Heart patients die on waiting lists - Peter Sharples, October 18, 2004 [Manchester Online]
Shortage of dentists to double by 2011 - John Carvel, July 24, 2004 [Guardian UK]
The British Way of Withholding Care - Harry Schwarz, March 1989 [FEE.org]
Study finds British hospitals are still austere, cold, smelly and poorly maintained - May 6, 2004 [News-Medical.net]
'No strategy' on NHS waiting time - January 14, 2005 [BBC]
Number of NHS Bureaucrats 'Rising Faster Than Health Staff' - Joe Churcher, March 22, 2005 [Scotsman]
British health service facing nurse exodus - April 25, 2005 [United Press International]
UK health 'unsustainable' - August 14, 2005 [Finance24]
5,000 elderly 'killed each year' by lack of care beds - June 26, 2006 [Telegraph UK]
One in eight patients waiting over a year for treatment, admits minister - John Carvel, June 8, 2007 [Guardian Unlimited]
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