November 29, 2009

Speaking of Healthcare...

Justin Katz

Here's another result found in Rasmussen's polling:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. That marks a steady increase from 44% at the beginning of October, 35% in May and 29% a year-and-a-half ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% now say the U.S. health care system is poor.

I suppose as people go through the compare and contrast process, they become increasingly wary of results like this across the pond:

The key findings of the report were:

- appalling hygiene and cleanliness in A&E
- patients left in A&E for ten hours and treated in full view of others
- four deaths among patients with learning disabilties
- a lack of children's nurses and doctors in A&E
- blood splattered on curtains and mould in vital equipment
- lack of basic nursing skills with failure to feed patients or give medication correctly
- elderly patients frequently developing bed sores, prompting concerns from nearby care homes.

Maybe it's time for the newspapers to run some more of those nice letters from doctors in Canada who just happen to think it worth their while to let far away opinion page editors know how great their system is.

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It always amuses me to read op-ed pieces from citizens of the UK and Canada or to see them interviewed on TV expressing outrage and insult at the slanders directed at their health care systems by opponents of Obamacare in the US. The horror stories of socialized medecine recounted by American conservatives come straight out of the Canadian and British news media. If Her Majesty's subjects are truly offended by the public portrayal of their health care systems, they should direct their outrage at their own newspapers and TV networks.

Posted by: David P. at November 29, 2009 12:28 PM
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