Monday, October 15, 2007

Speaking of Socialized Medicine

English 'pull own teeth' as dental service decays Extracting your own tooth was a really horrible scene in the Tom Hanks' movie Castaway. Why is it that a developed nation has less dental care than was available in the old west? (At least you could go to the barber and a get a drink of whiskey first.)
Falling numbers of state dentists in England has led to some people taking extreme measures, including extracting their own teeth, according to a new study released Monday.
Or they forgo the miracle of state sponsored dental care and go to private care.
Almost half of all dentists -- 45 percent -- said they no longer take NHS patients, while 41 percent said they had an "excessive" workload. Twenty-nine percent said their clinic had problems recruiting or retaining dentists.
Oh, gee let's see... the working conditions suck, the money is no good, so no one is entering or staying in the profession. What a shocker. [via Queer Conservative]

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