Stroke of Genius: Britain Health System Finds Another Way to Spend More Money On Worse Care

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  • 08/24/2007
From the London Times...

From The TimesAugust 24, 2007

Britain the worst for deaths from strokes

Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor

"Patients who suffer strokes receive worse treatment in Britain than anywhere else in Western Europe .

More die and more are left disabled, a leading expert says in this week’s British Medical Journal, even though Britain spends as much as, if not more than, other countries on stroke care. "

On the bright side...the NHS has reduced waiting times for access to explosive belts down to zero.

Meanwhile liberals -- mostly in the form of The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn -- are wandering the globe in search of a health care system better than ours. They first went to Canada, then the VA, then the UK, then France, only to find or omitting real problems. Leave it to the Commonwealth Fund to remain steadfast in supporting the idea of shoving everyone into Medicaid or Medicare.

And as we speak the SCHIP proposal is tanking because -- strangely -- the idea of stealing Medicare money from poor seniors to pay for Medicaid for rich kids is not flying.

I can't wait for the health care debate in 2008.

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