‘Worst-Case Scenario’: Britain’s Universal Health Care System Is Falling Apart

What’s happening?

Britain’s National Health Service is overwhelmed with patients waiting for care, as doctors lament that they have to practice “battlefield medicine” while conditions are so dire.

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Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that hospitals are declaring “black alerts,” a warning that they are unable to fulfill patients’ needs. Patients fill waiting rooms and hallways while waiting hours for care, sometimes only to be turned away, and hospitals have been ordered to halt “nonurgent surgeries” until the end of January.

Leadership in denial?

Prime Minister Theresa May has denied that the NHS is in crisis, saying it was “better prepared for this winter than ever before” thanks to extra funding. NHS chief Simon Stevens has a very different story – he says the service’s wait list will increase to 5 million patients, or around 1 in 10 people, by 2021.

Glenn’s take:

What do you think of Bernie Sanders-esque socialism now? The nightmarish health care situation in England is exactly what conservative have been warning about when they talk about the problems with universal health care. We should learn from the mistakes of NHS so those same problems don’t happen here.

“It’s the kind of worst-case scenario stuff that the left makes fun of the right for talking about,” Glenn said.