Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 31, 2005

National Heath Care — Woman pulls her own teeth

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:53 pm

Think about this next time someone proposes that the U.S. adopt national health care along the British (or Canadian or Hillary or…) model.

The British health care systen, the National Health Service (NHS) provides free health care to all Britons. This includes dental services. Or at least, purports to. But there is waiting list. In Scarborough, North Yorks, the waiting list for a dentist is 3,000 people long.

Valerie Halsworth, 64, has a gum disease that causes her teeth to loosen, get infected, and painful, and need to be pulled. She is one of the 3,000 people on the waiting list. So, in the last few months, she has pulled out 7 of her own teeth.

She added: “The only way to get rid of the pain from my teeth was to pull out the infected ones.

“I had a few pints of lager then screwed up my face, put the pliers against the tooth and yanked. It’s lucky I like milk pudding and mashed potato.

When the government provides free health care, you get what you pay for.

Addendum: Tony Blair’s response: “I can’t suddenly just produce more dentists. We have to train them. I can’t force them from the private sector into the NHS.”

Which is exactly why national health care doesn’t — and can’t — work.

One Response to “National Heath Care — Woman pulls her own teeth”

  1. romy Says:

    not on the british model, maybe. but i disagree. health care in france is socialised and i’ve rarely had such good medical treatment in my life, including when i had dual coverage through my parents or military coverage through my ex. though i agree that instituting it from scratch in a country this size would be an extremely difficult, if not impossible, task.

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