Tuesday, October 16, 2007

England's National Health Service Proving Republicans Right?

This article from Yahoo News details problems in England's National Health Service in delivering dental care. Some of the interesting numbers from the article include:

  • 45% of dentists surveyed no longer accept NHS patients.

  • 6% of citizens surveyed have practiced self care (pulling their own teeth, attaching caps with superglue, etc.).

  • 20% skipped dental work due to cost.

The most telling quote of the article:

"It appears many are being forced to go private because they don't want to lose their current trusted and respected dentist or because they just can't find a local NHS dentist."

Does this mean Republicans are right about socialized medicine, and if so, what do we do with families like mine who are uninsurable in the private market?



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