How North Korea Deals With the Disabled
If you want to know what government-dominated healthcare will be like when statists are able to take it to its ultimate extreme, have a look at the country that has taken statism itself to the ultimate extreme — North Korea:
North Korea is systematically “cleansing” its population by making those with mental or physical disabilities disappear, a defector has claimed.
Ji Seong-ho … who is researching a book on the plight of North Korea’s disabled, said babies with disabilities are taken away by hospital staff, never to be seen again. He added that children with developmental difficulties are neglected until they die.
“The regime proclaims: ‘There are no people with disabilities under the Kims’ rule’ and ‘everyone is equal and living well’,” he said. “And while that propaganda is going on disabled children are being taken away, suffering indescribable things and dying.”
You want equality, right? That means holding everyone who is not part of the ruling oligarchy at the lowest common denominator. The only egalitarian alternative to letting the disabled die would be making everyone disabled.
A United Nations commission said in February that it had heard allegations that medical experiments are performed in “closed hospitals” on “persons with disabilities”. …
In a separate study, conducted in 2013 by the Citizens’ Alliance on North Korean Human Rights, some 40 per cent of defectors said they believed that infants with disabilities are killed or abandoned and 43 per cent claimed to know of “an island” on which the disabled are forced to live.
One of the defectors told of a hospital where disabled people are sent “for medical tests, such as dissection of body parts, as well as tests of biological and chemical weapons.”
We mostly have to rely on rumor and hearsay, since the Party completely controls the media (like the USA minus Fox News), but it seems obvious that North Korea is not the place to be for those with persistent medical needs.
But at least healthcare is free.
On a tip from Jester. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.