The British have the ultimate-single payer health plan — the National Health Service, as it’s called, a full-blown system of socialized medicine. It also now has patients pulling out their own teeth.
A survey of more than 5,000 patients in England reveals it is so difficult to find a publicly-funded dentist that six percent had resorted to self-treatment. Some said they fixed broken crowns with superglue. And one person spoke of pulling 14 of his own teeth with pliers.
The study indicated that 20 percent of all patients had decided to simply forego dental care because they could not find a government-supplied provider — and could not afford to go with a private dentist. Almost half of all dentists in England say they no longer accept patients on the national health care plan.