The Netherlands is the only country in the world where it is compulsory for everyone to have private health insurance. Premiums are not based on age or health status, but on income & are on average €100 per month.
Two surgeons used a coat hanger, brandy, and a tube to operate on a collapsed lung during an airplane flight – and succeeded.
Italian doctors have saved the life of a 16-month-old boy by implanting the world’s smallest artificial heart to keep the infant alive until a donor was found for a transplant.
Morbidly obese people who are too big for MRI machines at hospitals are sent to SeaWorld.
“Killing Season” is a British medical term used to describe the time around August, when the newly qualified doctors join the National Health Service.
Despite popular belief, Americans actually pay more taxes for healthcare than Canadians, Australians, and Western Europeans.
King George V’s physician gave the dying king a lethal dosage of morphine and cocaine to hasten his death so that it could be announced in the morning edition of The Times rather than “less appropriate evening journals”.
Several European countries prescribe free heroin to addicts in order to improve their “social and health situation” while “significantly reduce[ing] costs incurred by trials, incarceration, health interventions and delinquency.”
George Washington was bled to death by doctors who were treating him for a cold. Bloodletting was a common medical practice at the time in order to remove “dirty blood,” when in reality it only weakens the patient. Half or more of his blood was removed within a few hours.