Belgium: Rx: Strike

For three hours, a hemorrhaging pregnant Antwerp housewife with four children waited for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. Before it arrived, she died. In Louvain, a four-year-old girl suffocated to death while her parents tried for an hour and a half to summon medical assistance. All over Belgium last week, the sick and the dying similarly went without medical attention, except—when it could be provided—in dire emergencies. The reason was a crippling doctors' strike in which 85% of the nation's 12,000 physicians and dentists closed their offices.

Cause of the strike was a new government law that pegged...

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