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‘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.

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.

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GLENN: Great Britain’s government health care system is falling apart.

That is not a conservative talking point. The New York Times reported on it this week, with the headline “Britain’s National Health Service in Crisis.”

The head of Britain’s N.H.S. warned that the system is overwhelmed. Last year he requested four billion pounds in additional funding. He only got 1.6 billion. Also last year, 10,000 nurses quit.

The crazy thing about this New York Times report is that all the things conservatives criticize about socialized medicine, all the reasons we say it’s a bad idea and unsustainable, are actually happening. And the New York Times actually wrote about it!

It’s the kind of worst-case scenario stuff that the Left makes fun of the Right for talking about. For example:

Hospital hallways jammed with beds of frail and elderly patients waiting to be admitted.

Outpatient appointments canceled because there aren’t enough doctors to meet demand.

Patients waiting over 12 hours in emergency rooms before receiving care.

Undergraduate medical students being asked to volunteer to help ease the crush of patients.

Two weeks ago, hospitals were ordered to postpone all nonurgent surgeries until the end of the month. Many British hospitals also declared “black alerts,” meaning they cannot meet patient demand. On Twitter, British doctors described their overcrowded hospitals as “third world conditions” forcing them to practice “battlefield medicine.”

The N.H.S. director warned that the patient waiting list will grow to five million people by 2021, the highest number ever.

If this stuff wasn’t in the New York Times, no one on the Left would believe it coming from me.

A British construction worker learned from the news about the latest round of thousands of postponed surgeries. He said, “If I receive a notification, it will be the third time my operation is postponed. This is a disgrace. We injure ourselves while working to pay our taxes, and the government just leaves us to suffer.”

Are you listening, America? Still interested in that Bernie Sanders government healthcare plan?

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