Thanks Single Payer! NHS Surgery Waiting List at Highest Level in Years...
The United Kingdom boasts no heroics when it comes to healthcare (see Another Single-Payer 'Success': UK Patients Dying Alone Because of Shortages and UK Hospital Refuses to Treat Dying Cyclist). Thanks to their shoddy single payer system, medical has become quite the steaming pile of suck. The numbers don't lie. Take a look at their progress:
The number of patients waiting too long for routine operations is at its highest level in almost a decade, NHS figures reveal.
More than 400,000 patients have been waiting at least 18 weeks for procedures including hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery.
This is the highest number since September 2008 ... Under the NHS Constitution, patients have a right to have an operation or procedure within 18 weeks of being referred by their consultant. But figures for August show that 1 in 10 patients were waiting longer.
These things happen when surgery is declared a "right." Government systems obligated to fulfill rights are far less efficient than private companies being offered money in exchange for their services. You know, because only the latter can afford to pay their staff well (see ENGLAND: Government Overreaches into Healthcare... Doctors Strike Mid-Operations). And no, you can't combine the two. Stop it with the pipe dream already, leftists.
Government overreach is a disease. When it infects an industry, it effectively kills that industry and replaces it with a husk of its former self. See also everything the government has ever touched.
You don't have to take my word for it. Just take a gander at all the single payer and socialist systems around the globe as they begin to crumble (read Socialism: Belgium Psych Wards Are Now Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients). The one thing they aren't short on is failure.