Non-U.S. Horror Stories

Horror Stories from Deadly GovernmEnt-Run Medical Systems

The debate over single-payer, a complete takeover of healthcare by the government, will be here in 2-3 short years. Before you take a stand on the issue, you owe it to yourself to open your eyes and see what government-run medical systems really look like.

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Single-Payer Government-Run Medicine Unraveling in Europe

Comment: Single payer is not better.  It’s brutal, it takes your money and your choices, and puts your life in the hands of people who don’t care as much as you do, and who don’t work for you. Single-payer means rationing, single-payer means other people decide what you need, and what you get.

“In Lancet Oncology in that same year, Arduino Verdecchia published data demonstrating that American cancer patients have survival rates for all major cancers better than those in Western Europe and far better than in the U.K. ”

[...] “[England's National Health Service] … reported this month that its hospital waiting lists soared to their highest point since 2006, with 3.2 million patients waiting for treatment after diagnosis. NHS England figures for July 2013 show that 508,555 people in London alone were waiting for operations or other treatments — the highest total for at least five years.”

“Even cancer patients have to wait: According to a June report by NHS England, more than 15% of patients referred by their general practitioner for “urgent” treatment after being diagnosed with suspected cancer waited more than 62 days — two full months — to begin their first definitive treatment. ”

[...] ” Even in Sweden, often heralded as the paradigm of a successful welfare state, months-long wait times for treatment routinely available in the U.S. have been widely documented.”

“To fix the problem, the Swedish government has aggressively introduced private-market forces into health care to improve access, quality and choices.”

[...] “Swedish economist Per Bylund calculates that the average Swedish family already pays nearly $20,000 annually in taxes toward health care[...]” (emphasis added)

Where ObamaCare Is Going
By Scott W. Atlas, Aug. 13, 2014

(see also the ObamcareTruthSquad’s How Liberal Healthcare Myths Are Born)


Shattered Lives: Detailing the Horrors of Government-run Health Care


“In this book are documented stories from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan, Australia and elsewhere – countries in which citizens literally die waiting for health services. Among other horrifying takes, you will cringe over tales of expectant mothers unable to find an available hospital bed, elderly patients denied routine cataract surgery and people in agony who resorted to do-it-yourself dentistry.”

“These tragic stories warn us that turning more of our health care decisions over to the government is sure to bring us nothing but pain.”
–Mark R. Levin, Host, The Mark Levin Show
Author, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto”

“Anyone who believes that nationalized health care equals quality health care needs to read these real-life horror stories… “
–Congressman Ron Paul, M.D. (R-TX)”

“… This is a powerful book, and one that should be regarded and read by every elected official who believes he or she has the gift to change medical practice to suit the whim of the government.”
– Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)”

“… “Shattered Lives” provides strong evidence that the more we turn over health care decisions to the government, the less satisfied we will be.”
– Paul Mirengof, Power Line Blog”

“…Shattered Lives tells the stories of several of these health care refugees and warns why a centralized, government-managed approach is how not to fix health care in America-or anywhere else.”
– David R. Henderson, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution”

“…a government takeover, whether slow or accelerated, is not the answer for improving our health care system.”
– Tom Blumer, BizzyBlog,”

‘”Shattered Lives provides a sharp reminder that government mismanagement of health care has high human costs…”
– Jack Bloom, MPL 
Health Spokesman, Democratic Alliance Party
Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa”

Shattered Lives: One Hundred Victims of Government Health Care
Amy Ridenour and Ryan Balis
Copyright 2009

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