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Socialization, It’s Making Me Wait

Civitas, a British think tank, recently published a report on the shortcomings of the country’s National Health Service. Its conclusions deserve wide circulation in the midst of the current U.S. reform debate, as Forbes writer Philip Reynolds makes clear:

Although the NHS is not grossly expensive when compared with other countries’ health systems, it falls down on ease of access to specialist care. The Commonwealth Fund found last year that Britain was one of the worst offenders in the developed world when it came to waiting times, with 33% of adults waiting two months or longer for specialist attention for a chronic condition over the past two years. France, Germany and the Netherlands all had better readings, at 20% to 25%, while the United States had 10%.

John Hood — John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina ...

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