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March 5, 2007

Socialized Medicine Degenerates Into Shamans and Dark Hallways

The British are showing admirable creativity in their futile attempts to make socialized medicine economically feasible.

The NHS now employs shamans, who presumably cost less than doctors. They "use complementary therapies to help those with mental health difficulties." If only they had been around when someone first proposed putting the government in charge of healthcare.

Other creative treatments include the taxpayer-subsidized Emotional Freedom Technique, a form of therapy by which "subtle energies" are adjusted by "tapping with the fingertips to stimulate certain meridian energy points while the client is 'tuned in' to the problem." According to its inventor, EFT can be applied to "just about every emotional, health and performance issue you can name."

Also on the taxpayers' tab: foot massage. According to reflexologists, each part of the foot maps to a corresponding organ, which can be treated if you rub in just the right place.

Creative treatment approaches promoted by the NHS Directory of Alternative and Complementary Medicine include "dowsers," "flower therapists," and "crystal healers."

The NHS holds that homeopathy is "contrary to scientific knowledge." But this doesn't stop it from funding five homeopathic hospitals.

Who can blame it? Real doctors require a lot of expensive training. The free market can support them, by allocating resources on a rational basis. The Neverland economics of socialism cannot — not even with nurses being paid half the minimum wage if at all and hospitals removing every third light bulb to save a few pennies.

Can Britain catch up with utopian Cuba?

On a tip from V the K.

Posted by Van Helsing at March 5, 2007 3:19 PM


And in banned word/activity news:

Booing at games may be banned

Posted by: Steve at March 5, 2007 4:17 PM