The Future Under Socialized Medicine: One Group Treated At Expense Of Another
For those who support a completely socialized health care system, take a look at this from the United Kingdom, which has such a system:
Even the most sentimental champions of the NHS recognise its dark side. Given that its Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has demanded a £20 billion efficiency saving if the NHS is to survive, and that demographic changes mean millions more elderly people will rely on its services (and space), the NHS can only do one thing: ration.
If rationing is acceptable, though, scapegoating is not. And too much evidence points to the elderly being the scapegoats in the battle to save the NHS. As the Telegraph reports today, elderly patients are being denied the best cancer care. The figures are alarming: lack of treatment is contributing to 14,000 deaths a year among the over-75s. Men and women are dying prematurely each year because their diseases are diagnosed later and less likely to be operated on.
Already the elderly are short-changed when it comes to nurses’ time. Nurses in hospitals plead to being too busy to look after their charges decently, and so elderly patients frequently suffer dehydration, malnutrition and a lack of hygiene.
Now, given the fitness-conscious American society, it might be the other way around, but either way, this is what you get when you put the government in charge of deciding who gets care and who doesn’t.
Of course, most lefties are pretty sure that their given group would be on the top of the heap when it comes to rationing, and the other non-lefties will be on the bottom of the heap, but that’s a far cry from the “universal health care” that they champion, now isn’t it?