Monday, January 24, 2011

"I’d sooner let a Tesco butcher fix my toe than ask the NHS"

Those in the USA who advocate European-style national socialist health insurance are invariably deaf to the many problems those countries face with their health care. Here is one British woman's experience:
For three weeks I’ve been limping around on a broken toe. The horse stamped on it and I’m in agony, but I’m not going to get it seen to because I do not want to go anywhere near my local hospital. I’m sorry, I know I will get complaints from doctors and nurses about how hard they work. I know the NHS is a sacred institution that must not be criticised. But I have been to St George’s Hospital in Tooting in London, and my nearest alternative, King’s College in Denmark Hill, and hell and high water wouldn’t drag me back to either.

I consider a little toe the size of a big toe far preferable to the horrors that might await me at either of those emporiums of state-sponsored, one-size-fits-all, “sit down and do as you’re told” totalitarianism.

The last time I went to St George’s, they made me fill in a questionnaire about my drinking habits before they would even look at my injury, which was a hole through the middle of my hand where I had got it stuck in my horse’s mouth. I told them I had been teetotal for most of my adult life, but that didn’t put them off. They mercilessly insisted I tick about 30 boxes with a “no” or “never”, while gripping and writing with one hand, before I qualified for anything approaching care.

And all the while, I could see people being admitted for emergency dental work. This is not my NHS, I thought. It’s someone else’s. I just pay for it. It quite likes my tax money but is not the least bit concerned about me. If it does care, it cares only in so much as I am fodder for its next risk assessment.

And we will have the same here, if the advoocates of socialized medicine for the USA get their way.


Anonymous said...

the language and tone of phrase in the article in no way match how an english born native speaks!
this person is a plant without doubt.
I am Engish and know how my fellow country people sound.
The NHS isn't wonderland but for the vast majority of us it is more than ok.
It is based on medical need here,minor injuries will have to sit and wait for an hour or so to be seen.

Jungle Jim said...

Is there an Englishwoman named Melissa Kite who writes for the Telegraph? Her nationality should be able to ascertain.