Speaking at CPAC on Thursday on a panel discussion called “Prescription for Failure: The Ills of Socialized Medicine,” an orthopedic surgeon ripped socialized medicine, stating that Great Britain’s Princess Diana would still be alive today if she had not been in a country with socialized medicine when her car crashed.
As PJ Media reports, Dr. David Schneider, an orthopedic surgeon from Colorado, referenced Congressman Steve Scalise, who introduced the panel. Scalise was critically wounded in June 2017 when he was shot by left-wing activist James Hodgkinson, resulting in Scalise going into shock before he was taken to Med Star Washington Hospital, where he underwent immediate surgery.
Schneider opined that under socialized medicine, wait times for care “are disastrous.” PJ Media noted, “In Canada, the wait time to see a specialist is two years, and then another two years to get the procedure.”
Schneider stated, “People in this country would go crazy if you were told you had to wait four months … Princess Diana was in the car accident in France. They actually don’t have any trauma specialists in France. For the first hour after that accident, she was still in that tunnel. And after an hour, they took her to a nearby hospital and she was alive for another three hours and they couldn’t control the bleeding from her pulmonary artery.”
He added, “There were no trauma-trained people there … I really believe, knowing what I know about her care and comparing it to what Congressman Scalise had, Princess Diana would have lived had that accident happened here in America.”
Peter Pitts of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, who acted as moderator, noted, “Price controls equal choice controls. Socialized medicine stifles competition, stifles innovations,” pointing out two vaccines are being developed for the coronavirus in the U.S.
Princess Diana, after her divorce from Great Britain’s Prince Charles, started a relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed, best known for producing the Oscar-winning film “Chariots of Fire. “
Before the fatal crash on August 31, 1997, Diana and Al-Fayed were headed to Al-Fayed’s Paris apartment with French driver Henri Paul and one of the Princess’ bodyguards, Trevor Rees-Jones, in a Mercedes S-280 limousine. Though they were traveling through the boulevards and narrow streets of central Paris, investigators later surmised they might have been traveling over 60 miles per hour in an attempt to escape paparazzi, who had been harassing them.
History.com detailed what happened next: “At 12:19 a.m., the Mercedes carrying the couple, Paul and Rees-Jones, crashed into the 13th pillar of the Pont d’Alma Bridge, which traverses the River Seine. They were less than two miles from the Ritz Hotel. Al-Fayed and Paul died at the scene. Diana was taken to Paris’ La Pitie Salpetriere Hospital, but several hours later, at 4 a.m., she died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash, including a severed pulmonary vein. She was 36 years old.”
History.com noted, “An estimated one million people lined the funeral route from her London home in Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey, where her funeral was held.”