Foreign News: For the Man with an Itch

Britain's National Health Service, which costs the British taxpayer $650 million a year, supplies free medicine, also free false teeth, wigs, spectacles, glass eyes, wooden legs and hearing aids. Last week it announced that it would draw the line at bath salts, vanishing cream, shaving soap, toothpaste, hair tonic and anti-mosquito lotions. However, a spokesman admitted, there are borderline cases: "A man with an itch, it might be argued, needs medicated soap."


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