Americans would do well to ponder a recent admission by a former British minister in the Blair government. On March 2, the Guardian reported that the ex-minister, now Lord Warner, said that while spending on Britainâ€™s National Health Service had increased by 60 percent under the Labour government, its output had decreased by 4 percent. No doubt the spending of a Soviet-style organization like the NHS is more easily measurable than its output, but the former ministerâ€™s remark certainly accords with the experiences of many citizens, who see no dramatic improvement in the service as a result of such vastly increased outlays. On the contrary, while the service has taken on 400,000 new staff membersâ€”that is to say, one-fifth of all new jobs created in Britain during the periodâ€”continuity of medical care has been all but extinguished. Nobody now expects to see the same doctor on successive occasions, in the hospital or anywhere else.
Go get the rest off that. It’s by Theodore Dalrymple and it’s not long.
Many Americans already have experienced this sort of thing, whether they know it or not, in the nation’s school districts, where funding has increased massively over the decades but not the results. They get lots of public relations smoke blown up their asses, of course, complete with guilt trips and double-talk, so they may not realize how profound a heist surrounds them.
Maybe they’ll feel it more when it happens with health care, at least until they can’t feel it any longer.