New Zealand, like most Western countries has had socialized health care for decades.
It is a constant source of public dissatisfaction and bitching.
The system is in perpetual crisis, with overworked and underpaid doctors and nurses, more bureaucrats than health professionals in the system, long waiting lists, rationed care and restricted access to drugs and treatment.
Families regularly have take their cancer stricken children to other centers or even Australia for treatment. People mortgage their houses to pay private hospitals to administer treatments not available in the public sector. if waiting lists get too long, you get a letter telling you you are no longer on the list, that you must go back to your family doctor (if you have one in your town) for assessment and re-apply for treatment. You can spend years in discomfort waiting for a basic hip or knee operation.
Doctors and nurses, being altruistic types by nature, keep the system functioning-but only just. Large numbers of them head overseas annually, meaning we have to recruit health professionals from the third world to cope-no aspersions cast here, they are good people. The point is that our system is so rotten we can’t retain enough NZ trained professionals.
Now Americans, with the best health care in the world, are being told that they need to be more like us.
At least this guy can see the utter folly in that.
All ideology aside America.
If you want queues, rationing, reduced healthcare options, doctor shortages and more moaning and bitching support Obamcare.
You’ll get it in spades.