My Socialist Cousin in Ireland Loves Her “Free” Healthcare


I have a cousin in Ireland who is a socialist. Neither she nor her husband work nor have they attempted to work in the many years they have lived in Ireland. They are on the dole.

My cousin, let’s call her Maggie since I don’t want to use her real name, has two bad knees. Maggie’s not getting any younger and probably has arthritis. She doesn’t know for certain because she hasn’t had a consultation with a specialist.

Maggie is in a good deal of pain but thanks to Ireland’s universal healthcare, she can get a free consultation with a specialist. The only problem is that there is a two year waiting list. I told her that was insane and she said, as if in way of offering a reasonable explanation, “it’s free!”

She told me she can rush up the consultation if she pays the doctor herself. Then she will only have to wait a couple months or so. She doesn’t want surgery, she wants shots though she is not sure what exactly is going on with her knees. The shots (steroids) might last a month to three months, if they work at all.

She is going to wait months, maybe years, for shots. God help her if she needs surgery. She might not live to get it.

The following countries offer “free” universal healthcare to their citizens [I guess we are not the only civilized country not offering universal healthcare as Michael Moore would have us believe]:

Afghanistan*, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq*, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and the United Kingdom

Will we soon add the USA to this list?

Universal healthcare is corrupt. It is a system in which you have to pay for good healthcare, which puts the rich at a decided advantage.