Friday, November 17, 2006

Hurry up and...die

In Norway: This is the sort of thing Milton Friedman warned about...government provision of services:

Ivar Bolin spent the final weeks of his life being driven from hospital to hospital, and died in the family cabin while waiting for a cancer operation.

The story highlights the perplexing situation of acute lack of hospital capacity in a wealthy country that is regularly named the world's best country to live in.

After falling ill with headaches, a swelling around the right eye and a lump on the throat, 73-year-old Ivar Bolin was denied a spot at Moss and Fredrikstad Hospitals in southeastern Norway.

A call to emergency services managed to free up a spot in Fredrikstad nonetheless, but he was shortly moved to the Diakonhjemmet in Oslo, a diaconal hospital affiliated with the state church. Here he could only get a space in a corridor and, unable to rest, chose to leave.

Hillary Clinton could not be reached for comment.

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