I had a suspicious mole removed last week and the doctor who did the surgery was from Sweden. Wonderful man, and he’s done this for me many times and never left a scar. He worked under socialized medicine and he hates it. As he was working on me, he related a few horror stories, and he ended with this pronouncement: Socialized medicine is what they play on the streets in the city, a 3-card monte. It sounds great, people think they’ve got what they need, but in the end, the system cannot sustain itself and the patient pays the price. It does not work.
He praised health care in America, conceding that it does have its share of problems, “nothing great is without complexities and problems, but America has outstanding health care, all things considered. I have not become rich practicing medicine, because I don’t work with HMO’s, but I have been my own man. I treat the patient the way my training and my gut tells me to treat them, and now I am happy practicing medicine.”
Liberty. What a concept.
I should add that my own insurance does not cover this doctor’s services, but he is such a good doctor that my hubby and I have reached into our savings to see him about surgical needs and – from time to time – other health issues, so I’m not writing from some exalted place where our monetary outlay is a pittance and we have no idea what things really cost. But if I can, I’d frankly rather pay a little more and see the doctor of my choice than “settle” for some of the physicians I have encountered through my “plan.”
Dr. David Gratzer writes that Paul Krugman has been focusing rather exclusively, lately, on socialized medicine, “Hillarycare,” and he’s finding it troubling:
Amazing, isn’t it? U.S. health care is so expensive that our government spends more on health care than the governments of other advanced countries, even though the private sector pays a far higher share of the bills. . . . What do we get for all that money? Not much.
Actually, if we measure a health care system by how well it serves its sick citizens, American medicine excels. Comparing breast cancer statistics in Germany, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States, market analyst Datamonitor finds that 95 percent of American women are diagnosed in early stages (I or II). In contrast, a full 20 percent of European women are diagnosed in late stages. WHO data on five-year survival rates for various types of cancers bear this out. For leukemia the American survival rate is almost 50 percent; the European rate, just 35 percent. Esophageal carcinoma: 12 percent in the United States, 6 percent in Europe. Say what you want about the problems of American health care, but for those stricken with disease, there’s no better place to be than the United States.
Typical Krugman. Everything is bad if it is American and the left hasn’t had a chance to “reform” it.
You’ll want to read the whole thing.