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Riddle Me This

Is it a widely held view that “other countries'” medical systems are superior to the United States?

Is it a widely held view that “other countries” get better medical outcomes for lower costs than in the United States?

Then, riddle me this: why is it so impossibly difficult for a foreign trained doctor to come to the United States to practice medicine? Is a doctor that is trained, for example, in Finland, or Singapore, and who has worked there for 10 years, able to come here and hang out the proverbial shingle?

Inquiring minds want to know. I do not believe you should bring this up at your Friday evening dinner parties – you’ll either get crickets or a really haphazard answer that is probably an ugly anti-foreign argument in disguise. I have a better piece of advice for you, go drink one of these beers and discuss their deliciousness with your friends:

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6 Responses to “Riddle Me This”

  1. Doug M says:

    It is widely quoted that the US has the most expensive healthcare system yet it is ranked 37 (behind Slovenia) by the WHO.

    But, what were we actually raked 37th for? Efficiency, not quality. That is the US healthcare system was punished because it was expensive! We were also punished because the US does not offer universal healthcare, and access to services was a key metric.

    US was ranked #1 in responsiveness, which was the only measure that actually measured the quality of care received.

  2. sherlock says:

    I’ve been dying to try some Hill Farmstead. I’ll be picking up some Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine after work today. Woooooo

    • wintercow20 says:

      Tell me how it is … I’ve been dying to get to Vermont to try Heady Topper … might be an excuse for a summertime hiking excursion, then over to Hill Farmstead …


      • sherlock says:

        Sip of Sunshine was pretty delicious. It pulls off the “making a ‘decent’ beer taste not ‘decent’ when you drink it immediately following drinking Sip” trick (if that makes any sense).

        I’ve had Heady a few times and it does live up to the hype. There’s a few pubs in VT that have all three (Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson’s) on tap. Trying to plan a getaway up there.

        • wintercow20 says:

          I am definitely envious! What would it take for you to secure me a few treats? I’d gladly send you over some local Rochester beers to try, maybe we could arrange a swap?

  3. stan says:

    It is widely held — by lefties in their cocoons.

    No one who has actually been treated in other countries, or knows how much other countries depend on massive subsidies from the USA to survive (for health and defense), thinks that they are better at healthcare.

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