This morning, the British government released a major report outlining 290 recommendations for the country’s health-care system, the National Health Service. The move came in response to widespread disgust over the failures of Britain’s nationalized system, epitomized by the Stafford Hospital scandal, in which between 400 and 1,200 preventable deaths occurred from 2005 to 2008 at one hospital.Hmm. 290 recommendations? That's quite a big number. As long as they got into that neighborhood, why not a nice round number, like 300, or something catchy, like 299? They got to 290, and with all their problems couldn't come up with 10 more? Then again, why not 289? Did they stretch the count to have a number rounded to the nearest 10?
I doubt very much that Berwick and the left like the UK system because it results in better outcomes, because I very much doubt it does, accurately and honestly measured and reported. The intellectual vanguard of the left likes it because it is a system controlled by self-appointed experts like themselves. It's all about undemocratic control by experts (see Liberalism as Bossism, & the Obamacare Medical Care Rationing Board).
Government-run medical care -- what could possibly go wrong, and how could it not be better than what we have now?
John M Greco
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