2804328478_3ef6d87f8f_b-1024x641Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, warns that the NHS needs a complete transformation. He goes on to say that if changes are not made, “it may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all.” Americans must take a good look at this situation. Here is a modern, developed, Western country that instituted socialized medicine, and it is collapsing around them. If the Brits can’t get this right, what is the future for socialized medicine in America?  As Western populations age, it is a common thread that their healthcare systems will come under enormous strain. Simply put, there are less working men and women to support a large number of older, more expensive patients. This is not rocket science. No matter what costs are taken out of the system, it is a fact that healthcare will have to be rationed. The death panels under a socialized system will become a reality. I recently spent a week in a Russian hospital due to a kidney stone and experienced socialized medicine (the real thing) first hand. The people were generous, hard working, and compassionate. However, they did not have enough resources to do the job. Of course, if you have a lot of money, you can get admitted to a private hospital, but that is not where they took me when I collapsed at a flat in the center of Moscow. More