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Amy Ridenour has some thoughts on:
Health Care Waiting Lists and the Stockholm Syndrome

Insight into why some feel compelled to defend waiting lists for health care services.

There’s a label that applies when people defend forces that harm them: The Stockholm Syndrome.

This reminds me of the time my husband wrote a paper demonstrating that the Canadian health care system was not less expensive, per capita, than the U.S. system. Many U.S. journalists and politicians had been claiming it was. David’s analysis found that the figures being cited as Canada’s total health care expenditures left out many health care expenditures that American figures included.

For instance, the Canadian figures commonly being cited left out private expenditures on health care (items such as prescriptions, dental care, ambulance services, eyeglasses, private hospital rooms, cosmetic surgical procedures, and more), while the U.S. figures included all public and private health care expenditures.

I mention this because, when David had an op-ed version of this paper published by the New York Times, he received a great deal of angry mail from Canadians. (This was before the popularization of the Internet, so these folks had gone to the inconvenience of writing ink-on-paper letters.)

As I recall, the Canadian letter-writers were especially angry because David mentioned Canada’s long waiting lines for health care services. I would think people subject to waiting lines for health care would be angry because the lines exist, not because their neighbors noticed they exist.

Read the whole thing at the link above. Scroll down for a TOC post on a related anecdote: Waiting for Trudot.

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