British national health care system prepares to cut 20 billion dollars

Story from the UK Daily Mail.(H/T ECM)


Millions of patients face losing NHS care as bosses prepare to axe treatments to make £20billion of savings by 2014, a top doctor has warned.

Among procedures being targeted by health trusts are hernias, joint replacements, ear and nose procedures, varicose veins and cataract surgery.

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultants committee, warned NHS bosses wanted ‘wholesale reductions in budgets’.

He said primary care trusts – which commission care – are already compiling lists of ‘low value’ operations that would no longer be provided.

[…]Earlier this year the Government’s rationing body said more cuts in medical treatments are planned to save the NHS at least £600million.

Patients could find it harder to get into hospital under plans from the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence, which advises on drugs and procedures to be funded.

I don’t like this because some people work, and some people don’t work, and then the government decides who gets treated. I think that patients should decide how much they need health care, and make their own decisions about their lifestyles and risk exposure. The NHS systems seems to penalize healthy lifestyles and high earners, while reward the unhealthy and those who choose not to work!

Remember, this is the same NHS that Obama’s health care czar loves! But I don’t like it at all!

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