How well is government-run health care working out in the UK?

Story here from the UK Telegraph. (H/T ECM)

Excerpt:

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by senior health service officials. They include:

  • Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures.
  • Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens at evenings or weekends.
  • The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.
  • A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments.
  • Tighter rationing of NHS funding for IVF treatment, and for surgery for obesity.
  • Thousands of job losses at NHS hospitals, including 500 staff to go at a trust where cancer patients recently suffered delays in diagnosis and treatment because of staff shortages.
  • Cost-cutting programmes in paediatric and maternity services, care of the elderly and services that provide respite breaks to long-term carers.

Death panels! Sarah Palin was right!

In other news, Amazon.com will be charging the credit cards of each American taxpayer for 10% of their gross income! And they’ll use that money to start handing out products to anyone they feel “needs” those products,  especially to “marginalized” special interest groups, and other whiny victims. Ha! Just kidding. Maybe Amazon.com should be in charge of health care.

4 thoughts on “How well is government-run health care working out in the UK?”

  1. A friend of mine in the UK recently had a back op. Today he went to the hospital for an assessment of how he was doing only to find out that his appointment was cancelled. He’s irritated, to put it mildly. Maybe he’ll do something about it seeing as he’s in politics (Lib Dem).

    This issue makes me really angry. Really, really angry. It’s so idiotic from an economic perspective. There’s not much flexibility in demand for health services. The demand curve is very flat. So restricting supply just creates a shortage with lots of really sick people not getting the care they need. People die because of this stupidity!

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  2. In my country we have public health care end private too. Private and insurance is too expensive for some people, they really can’t afford it… so the public option is reasonable. The private care is better than the public option but not so bad as it was in the US. Everyone here gets healthcare in an emergency, no insurance required.

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