Britain is suffering from an exodus of doctors. If America doesn’t want physician flight in its future, voters will have to turn President Obama out of office this fall so that repeal of ObamaCare can be possible.
Last week, the Financial Times reported that its own research revealed that the British “National Health Service is suffering a ‘brain drain’ of doctors as more medics trained at taxpayers’ expense choose to pursue their careers overseas.”
More than 8,000 doctors have left since 2008, said the Financial Times. And it’s not Britain’s problem alone. Nearly 10% of Canadian-trained doctors end up in the U.S.
Several factors were mentioned for the losses in Britain. Among them are “improved lifestyle and better weather … higher pay, shorter hours and superior arrangements for professional study.”
Yet it’s obvious that Britain’s socialized medicine is one of the chief reasons doctors are leaving, if not the top reason. The Financial Times reports that physicians have complained of “extensive ‘goodwill hours’ and coming in on days off.” Younger doctors also “feel abused by the long hours” they put in.