When government suppresses the free market and takes over the healthcare sector, you get some really odd results.
Consider these stories from Sweden:
A man sewing up his own leg after getting frustrated with a long wait.
The government denying a wheelchair to a double amputee because the bureaucrats decided his impairment might not be permanent.
Speaking of amputations, an unfortunate man was put on such a long waiting list that his only treatment, when he was finally seen, was to have his penis removed.
Today, we’re going to augment that list. But not with another story from Sweden, which is actually a much better country in terms of public policy than most folks realize.
Instead, we’re going to look at some great moments in government-run healthcare in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Our first story is from the Chicago Tribune and it deals with Medicaid and Medicare spending.