Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, Health Care, Junk Science | Tags: Canadian Health Care, Obamacare, The Massachusetts Example, United Kingdom's NHS
Congress’ lack on interest in evidence continues to astonish me. The United Kingdom and Canada’s nationalized health care is continually held up as an example of how very wonderful our ObamaCare will be. Massachusetts health care has been a model for ObamaCare. The examples of failures in Britain’s NHS have been longstanding and appalling, but Obama’s recess-appointed CMMS head Dr. Donald Berwick , in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, can hardly contain his enthusiasm for NHS.
— Doctors at the South London Healthcare Trust say that cash flow problems have resulted in vital equipment being unavailable.
A cash crisis in the NHS has left patients lying on the operating table before doctors realised vital equipment had not been ordered, according to a leaked report.
Women in labour have been forced to wait while epidural equipment was borrowed from other hospitals, while other patients have been denied chest drains and radiology supplies, according to doctors at South London Healthcare Trust. Minutes of a meeting between medical staff and the trust’s chief executive say “cash flow” problems at the trust which has a £50 million deficit, mean vital equipment is regularly not ordered.
Patients affected include a woman who had undergone major cancer surgery, and they could not find a bed for her. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s NHS reform is the biggest decentralization of decision-making ever undertaken in any organization. The bureaucracy of NHS is a nightmare for patients and for doctors and other workers. NHS employees have to face it every day.
— In 2006 Massachusetts enacted a “reform” that became a model for Obama. The results have not been encouraging. The state expanded state-subsidized insurance coverage. but skipped the hard part of controlling costs and making sure that the results improve people’s health. Massachusetts has the highest health insurance premiums in the country. People are gaming the individual mandate by only purchasing insurance when they need medical care. If liberal Massachusetts cannot make it work for 6½ million people — why do we assume it can work for roughly 310 million citizens?
— Regina, Saskatchewan was the first city in North America to experience government-run health care — the birthplace of Canada’s socialized health care system. There are dramatic changes going on there. In British Columbia, the government is moving hospitals to a pay-for-service model that would lead providers to compete with one another. In Quebec, the premier has endorsed the idea of co-pays for basic services.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, roughly 4 to 5 million people do not have a family physician. Waits are long, people die while waiting to be seen. Canada’s population is approximately 34 million compared to the U.S.’s 310 million. Private clinics are popping up all over. Change is slow and hard, but happening
The evidence does not portray examples of the success of socialized medicine. It isn’t free, whatever they claim; it doesn’t make citizens healthier; the care gradually gets less and less caring; the evidence is compelling — their enthusiasm is not anchored in such claims. Their goal is something else entirely.
Why would anyone want to put his family’s health care and well-being in the hands of the government?