I usually try to avoid being snarky but this came across my internet and I had to put in my two cents. Mick Jagger could have gone anywhere in the world to have had this operation but he chose to have it done in the US. As a British Subject he was ‘covered’ by their National Healthcare System but apparently that is not where you want to go to have an aortic heart valve replacement.
It is important to understand that one of the first things to happen when a country nationalizes their health care system is that they typically shift the focus on young people at the expense of the elderly. This is natural because that is where the greatest cost-benefit payoff is but is also fleeting because eventually population’s age and when they do; you end up with stories like this. Get well Mick and let’s just hope Keith Richards and the rest of the band are OK.