Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Study finds British national health care best in the world, US worst.
Wow, really? Worse than Somalia? Well, no, worst of the 11 modern Western countries we studied but that makes a crappy headline.
So what makes the US worst? Poor people lack health insurance. What makes Britain best? Everybody has health insurance.
How about actual result – lives being saved, for example?
“The only serious black mark against the NHS was its poor record on keeping people alive. On a composite “healthy lives” score, which includes deaths among infants and patients who would have survived had they received timely and effective healthcare, the UK came 10th.”
Here’s the PowerPoint – UK is number 1 in everything except saving lives, which is the actual point of a health care system. So what they’re really saying is Britain has the best health care bureaucracy in the world. I’m not impressed. Looks like the best place to get sick is Switzerland, which does not astonish me.
Again the Narrative remains consistent: Liberal policies are measured for success based on the amount of caring, money and alleged effort invested, never on the results achieved. Trophies are awarded for showing up, not for coming in best or first. Ribbons all around!
It’s about “sending messages”.