Friday, October 12, 2007

Another Win For Socialized Medicine

I wish I could say I'm surprised by this:
In recent years, Britain's superbug infection rates of bacteria like Clostridium difficile and MRSA have skyrocketed. In the 1990s, only five percent of in-hospital blood infections were from MRSA, the deadly bacteria resistant to nearly every available antibiotic. In past years, that figure has jumped to more than 40 percent.

Critics blame the rise on overstretched hospitals that do not have enough money or capacity to catch superbug infections early.

Apparently you can sue the NHS and it is starting to have a rather staggering effect:
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE PREMIUMS in the United Kingdom are on the rise.
In recent years there has been a 15%–20% annual rise in the cost of claims, and
litigation costs for the National Health Service are soaring.

That document notes the same trend in Canada.

Update: It just gets better and better. (h/t: Hot Air)

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