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THOMAS SOWELL: Liberal Visions for Health Care – National Review Online

September 7, 2011

Liberal Visions for Health Care

Ideology intrudes on health care, too.


SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 12:00 A.M.

A few weeks ago, I had what seemed to me a small medical problem, so I phoned my primary physician. However, after we discussed the problem, he directed me to a specialist.

After the specialist examined me, he directed me to a different specialist elsewhere. When I was examined and tested in the second specialist’s office, he immediately phoned a hospital, asking to have an operating room available in an hour.

No more than five hours elapsed between my seeing the first specialist and the time when I was on an operating table.

This was quite a contrast with what happens in countries with government-run medical systems. In such countries, it is not uncommon to have to wait days to see a physician, weeks to see a specialist, and months before you can have an operation. It is very doubtful whether I would have lasted that long.

In the intensive-care unit, where I was sent after the first of two operations, I was hooked up to high-tech machines and had a small army of people looking after me around the clock. Would a government-run medical system have provided all this, especially for a man in his eighties?

via Liberal Visions for Health Care – Thomas Sowell – National Review Online.


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