Socialized Medicine Springs Into Action!

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The much-touted (by Michael Moore at least) British National Health Service has sprung into action to aid a 108-year old woman. Yes, they are going to take really good care of Olive Beal, one of the oldest women in Britain. They'll give her – completely free of charge – a new hearing aid!


A woman of 108 has been told by health chiefs that she must wait 18 months to get a new hearing aid.

Olive Beal, one of the oldest women in Britain, is confined to a wheelchair and losing her sight.

Being able to communicate and listen to music is her only contact with the outside world, says her family.

Mrs Beal, who has six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, has used an old-fashioned analogue hearing aid for the last five years.

But she struggles to hear with it and needs a modern digital hearing aid which cuts out background noise.

After being told of the wait, Mrs Beal, who lives in a care home in Deal, Kent, said: "I could be dead by then."

Her granddaughter Maria Scott, 52, said: "I'd have thought they would take her age into account as she probably has not got 18 months to wait. Olive has worked hard from the age of 16 to her late 60s and paid taxes.

Still think socialized medicine is a really super-keen idea? Really? What color is the sky in your world?

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3 Responses to Socialized Medicine Springs Into Action!

  1. Sam L. says:

    And because it will be “free”, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren won’t just go out and buy her one. Or is that illegal in Britain?

  2. Gaius says:

    Maybe a British reader could inform us as to whether it is even possible to buy one privately. Are there hearing aid shops in Britain? Because of the NHS monopoly on health care, there may not be an easy way to get one privately there. I have no idea.

  3. Lars Walker says:

    “I’d have thought they would take her age into account.” They are, they are. They’re counting on her dying before they have to spend any money on her.

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