According to the Times of London, a young British man is being forced to fly to India in order to get decent health care. Suffering from debilitating pain after a fall, he was told that it would be 17 weeks before he could get an evaluation and at least nine months before he could get surgery. So, they are on the plane to New Delhi. Indian entrepreneurs believe that this kind of escape from socialized medicine will be a growth market for them — that “medical tourism” will net then 1.4 billion British pounds in the next few years.
Update: It’s not all that different in Canada. Socialized medicine works great for people who don’t need it — it does a fair job with preventive medicine, public health, etc. It’s only when you get sick that it falls apart.