Socialized medicine strikes again

From the Times Online in Britain:

Yvonne Watts, 74, had been promised a reduced waiting time for treatment from a year to three to four months under the NHS. But she was in such pain from severe arthritis that she spent almost £4,000 on surgery in France.

What do you expect when your health care provider has a fixed budget rather than being market driven?  Why can’t they learn the lessons from the Soviet Union and nearly every other socialist country where there were long lines and waits for toilet paper, shoes, bread, and almost everything?  Government monopolies create shortages.  Sure government can make things more equal, but only more equal in poverty and misery.

And besides that typical socialized medicine schemes fail my Jews in the Attic Test.