Monday, August 17, 2009

In a Dentist Shortage, British (Ouch) Do It Themselves

William Kelly, British Dental Care, Health Care
By SARAH LYALL, New York Times, Published: May 7, 2006

ROCHDALE, England, May 2 — "I snapped it out myself," said William Kelly, 43, describing his most recent dental procedure, the autoextraction of one of his upper teeth.

[Excerpt] Mr. Kelly's predicament is not just a result of cigarettes and possibly indifferent oral hygiene; he is careful to brush once a day, he said. Instead, it is due in large part to the deficiencies in Britain's state-financed dental service, which, stretched beyond its limit, no longer serves everyone and no longer even pretends to try. (Read More)


Isn't socialized medicine great! Routine dental care is simply not available to many people in England. Long lines, shortage of dentist, and extracting your own teeth and replacing your own crowns are commonplace according to this article. Many liberals would not care however. They would prefer equality of bad treatment to unequally available good treatment.

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