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Did you hear the one about the 83-year old Englishwoman banned from the doctor’s surgery [what you in the US would call a “medical practice”] she had been attending for thirty years in order to help reduce the size of her “carbon-footprint”?
I particularly like the glorious official letter the poor woman received:
“Our greatest concern is for your health and convenience but also taking into consideration green travelling issues. Re: Carbon footprints and winter weather conditions, we feel it would be advisable for patients to register at surgeries nearer to where they live.
“We would be very grateful if you could make the necessary arrangements to re-register at another practice.”
This is the problem with socialized medicine. It’s not just the massive extra cost to the taxpayer that makes it so disastrous; it’s also that it gives Big Government carte blanche to extend the tentacles of political correctness ever deeper into the recesses of people’s hitherto private lives.
In a free market healthcare system, any doctor’s surgery that placed a higher value on Gaia-worship than on its patients’ well-being would quite rightly go out of business.