Great Moments in Socialized Medicine

James Taranto in the WSJ:

Great Moments in Socialized Medicine
“Doctors repeatedly mistook a teenage girl’s cancer for migraines–spotting three tumours only after her father refused to leave the hospital until she had a CT scan,” London’s Daily Mail reports:

Danica Maxwell, 14, said she felt like ‘a nuisance’ and ‘just another kid with a migraine who was making a fuss’ when she was seen at the West Cumberland Hospital, in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

When she was eventually operated on she was told she would have died had the cancer gone unnoticed any longer.

The tumours removed from her body were deemed so unusual they were sent to America for analysis.

Danica’s tumors ended up at Princeton University, where former Enron adviser Paul Krugman produced the following analysis: “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”

Why in the world would they send the tumors to that backwater of health care, America?

Why couldn’t they analyze them in Britain?

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