They shoot horses, don’t they?
It’s like this. The French (socialized) medical system, often touted as the best in the world, has spawned a dearth of general practitioners in the countryside. (h/t Ricochet) But Francoise Tenenbaum, the Socialist vice-president of the Burgundy region, has a “revolutionary” remedy. She thinks that veterinarians, with a year’s extra training, be used in their stead. She called it “sub-medicine,” but surely acceptable in a rural milieu. (That is to say, among those ploucs who cling to their religion and armes à feu.)
Alain Houpert, a conservative Burgundian councillor, replied: “Does [she] know that in case of a fracture, the vet knows only one remedy: a (lethal) injection or the slaughterhouse? That is a curious way of treating people.”
Clever answer, but… With no medical service available at all, going to a vet for a routine problem probably not a bad option of last resort. Mammals are after all mammals, and I don’t think a vet would apply his knowledge of birds or frogs to humans. I also don’t think that even a socialist vet would consider having a person killed to treat a cracked femur.
But the point is well taken. The system itself is the problem. Making it economically viable for doctors to practice medicine, particularly in the countryside, is probably a better solution than enlisting veterinarians in their stead.
Trouble is, those docs would probably make a fair amount of money, which is something that socialist politicians couldn’t possibly have on their consciences. Not even if those docs work 80-100 hours a week and constantly bear the responsibility for the lives and deaths of hundreds of people.