CEDIA 09 press releaseUPDATE: The facts and figures in this blog were presented by Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament
In the U.S., the five-year relative survival rate for prostate cancer is 100%. In the U.K. it's 77%. That's what happens when you have to ration "free" health care.
There's no going back. Britain's National Health Service came out of WWII when everything was being rationed.
"I find it incredible that a free people living in a country dedicated and founded in the cause of independence and freedom can seriously be thinking about adopting such a system in peace time, and massively expanding the role of the state when there's no need," said Daniel Hannan, a member of European Parliament, on the Glenn Beck show yesterday.
The NHS is the single largest part of Britain's budget, "and the state doesn't generally do things as efficiently as the market, of course," Hannan reminded us.
England has 1.4 million people employed by the NHS – the third biggest employer in the world next to the Red Army and the Indian National Railways. The majority of NHS employees are administrators, outnumbering doctors and nurses.
"And that is the electoral bloc that makes it almost impossible to get rid of," Hannan noted. "If you do it [government-run health care], don't imagine that you can change your mind a couple of years from now."