I understand that you may be worried about me. After all, I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon. And if the reports circulating around the US are to be believed, our National Health Service consists of white-coated facsimiles of Vlad the Impaler. I fully expect to spend the next 72 hours on a trolley, sorry, gurney, drenched in various fluids, only some of which will have come from me.
At least, that's what Fox News is saying will happen.
I was particularly interested to hear of the following assertion in something called the Investors' Business Daily (I'll be honest, it's not in my Favourites list):
"People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless"That'll be the same Stephen Hawking who was born in the UK and has lived his entire 67-year life here. In fact he was recently quoted as saying: "I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.”
Perhaps the good people at IBD were confused by his accent?