From The Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web Today:
The 1983 film "Monty Python's the Meaning of Life" opened with a scene in a British maternity ward, in which the hospital administrator is visiting and the doctor shows off the fancy "machine that goes 'ping' " while ignoring the patient, who lies off to the side on a gurney.
Actual maternity wards in Britain's National Health Service are even worse, former NHS staffer Verena Burns writes in London's Daily Mail:
Every time we highlight a story about the NHS--almost always from British newspapers--former Enron adviser Paul Krugman weighs in with the same mantra: "In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false."
We have to admit, we're beginning to think he may be wrong.