Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
Englishwoman Olive Beal has a hearing problem. According to London's Guardian, she "finds it difficult to hear with her five-year-old analogue [hearing] aid and needs a digital version that cuts out background noise and makes conversation easier."
Mrs. Beal went to the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, her local office of the National Health Service. No problem, they told her, she'll get a hearing aid. But it'll take her 18 months to get to the top of the waiting list:
Mrs Beal, a former piano teacher who was involved in the suffragette movement, would be 110 by the time she gets her new hearing aid. "I could be dead by then," she said yesterday.
Drugwonks comment: Yes, that's the idea.