Long wait times. Running out of money. Strained by flu season. Otherwise Brits love their nationalized healthcare

I had to read this Washington Post wire service article (via the Sunday Greensboro News & Record) twice to make sure it wasn’t satire or sarcasm. The N&R headline reads…

British love their health care system

..then the article with a straight face goes on to list several reasons why they Brits should hate their healthcare system:

Few things unite the British like an outsider complaining about their universal health care. But within the U.K., there is widespread concern about the financial health of the NHS. Britain’s aging population, the rising cost of new technology and years of austerity have contributed to notable pressures on the system.

Britain has also had, once again, a terrible winter flu season, and hospitals nationwide are struggling to cope with the spikes in demand.

“There is widespread concern that austerity we’ve seen in the last seven years has basically put the NHS on its knees. In an attempt to drive efficiency in the system, to deliver the same for less money, we are now seeing poorer quality of care,” said Harry Quilter-Pinner, a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a London-based think tank.

“Waiting times for elective treatments, for cancer, for example, have gone up. Waiting times for GPs have gone up. Hospitals are missing targets for how long you wait at A&E [accident and emergency],” he said.

As you can probably guess, the “outsider” is none other than President Trump, who tweeted:

And while the many comments beneath the Post article did comment on the pluses and minuses of Britain’s NHS, this is the Washington Post after all, so the majority of the comments were pure Trump Derangement Syndrome. All I know is problems with Britain’s healthcare system have been documented for years. I did a Google search, and here’s the headline that struck me–via—of all places—the BBC:

NHS problems ‘at their worst since 1990s’

Problem is, the 1990s were not that long ago, folks.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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