Saturday, October 18, 2003


This story out of the UK caught my eye because it's novel and it shows how creative people can be when they feel their health is being compromised. A woman, Trizka Litton, was so dissatisfied with the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain that she invented a fake blood and used it to convince emergency workers that she needed immediate care. She called the 999 emergency number and said she had vomited blood and was admitted on that basis to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. She underwent surgery to correct a serious hiatus hernia which doctors afterward told her was life-threatening. The woman had waited for three years for the operation since originally diagnosed.

Considerable dissatisfaction has been voiced regarding the long waiting times associated with Britain's socialized medical system and a recent study indicates that the NHS waiting policy actually contributes to a higher death rate of surgical patients when compared to the United States.

It should outrage the citizens that trickery is a necessary element of timely health care in Britain. History has proven that the adoption of socialism as public policy is usually a bad decision. Sounds good but it don't work.

Hat tip to the Cracker Barrel Philosopher.

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