The Northern Muckraker brought this one to me; a man suffering from excessive earwax in northern Ireland has been forced to call a good number of clinics to find one that is willing to clean out his ears--while, of course, he can hardly hear the voice on the telephone. The alternative was to be half-deaf for over three months while a specialist would look in his ear and say "aye, there's wax in there," or to pay about $300 for a private doctor to take a look, and more for the wax to be removed.
This is quite a damning indictment of socialized medicine, IMO, as it deals with what is supposed to be the strength of that system; rapid, affordable access to a general practicioner to basic procedures. Even with all of his work, he's going to wait a week to get his ears cleaned out.
Here, you'd generally get your ear cleaned out within hours by your family physician. Sometimes you get what you pay for, and this is a brilliant example of that fact.
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