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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Socialized Healthcare- Let em Die

With Obamacare receiving much attention here and the battle over it watched across the world, other socialized systems have come under scrutiny.

Recently an article came out about Canada and how the system has become so financially unsustainable they need to encourage private insurers and get them back into the game and how the "public system threatens to implode" and in the United Kingdom, massive problems have been report with women not having the beds or hospital room to bear their children, with some being born in toilets.

Then the quote from Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP, about NHS (National Healthcare Service, UK, in a Fox News interview.

"I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. We have a system where the most salient facts of it you get huge waiting lists, you have bad survival rates and you would much rather fall ill in the US."

Today, yet another disturbing article from The Telegraph, showing how patients who are terminally ill are being forced to die prematurely, with fluids and food being withheld.

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn.

As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.

“Forecasting death is an inexact science,”they say. Patients are being diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the diagnosis could be wrong.

“As a result a national wave of discontent is building up, as family and friends witness the denial of fluids and food to patients."

The warning comes just a week after a report by the Patients Association estimated that up to one million patients had received poor or cruel care on the NHS.

Just another of the many dangers of allowing the government to be in charge of our healthcare choices and our very lives.