Medicine: The Nationalized Doctors

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan wrote a prescription last week for the general practitioners who keep Britain's socialized National Health Service running: a 5% increase in their pay. The doctors scoffed at it as merely soothing syrup, incapable of curing their deep-seated financial ills.

Ever since Britain nationalized its health services in 1948, doctors have been happy over the fact that they do not have to bother sending and collecting bills. But they have been sharply discontented about their own pay. Of the nation's 40,000 doctors, all but 700 signed up for the National Health Service; 18,000 work full time in hospitals, more...

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