by John Hawkins | April 6, 2011 1:48 am
Do you want to see what Obamacare will look like if the GOP doesn’t manage to stop it? Well then, take a look at Britain where “pain, despair, and agony on me” is being inflicted on the people so the government can save a few bucks.
Surgeons say patients in some parts of England have spent months waiting in pain because of delayed operations or new restrictions on who qualifies for treatment.
In several areas routine surgery was put on hold for months, while in many others new thresholds for hip and knee replacements have been introduced.
The moves are part of the NHS drive to find £20bn efficiency savings by 2015.
The government said performance should be measured by outcomes not numbers.
Surgeons have described the delays faced by patients as “devastating and cruel”. Peter Kay, the president of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), says they’ve become increasingly frustrated that hip and knee replacements are being targeted as a way of finding savings.
“We’ve started to get reports over the last nine months that access to these services are being restricted.
“GPs were told not so send as many patients to hospital, maybe to delay referrals until the end of the financial year while perhaps introducing thresholds for surgery.”
If insurance companies were to drag their feet like this, you could raise hell, hurt their reputations, and they’d lose business as people switched to other companies. However, if faceless government bureaucrats do it, you’re stuck because you have no leverage. You can’t get them fired, you can’t change companies, and they simple don’t care how miserable they make your life.
This sort of suffering will become routine in this country if Obamacare is implemented, as will death panels, where life saving treatments will be slowed up or denied entirely in hopes that you’ll die off and save the government a few bucks. You can say, “It’ll never happen here,” but of course it will and when it does, the government drones in this country will spew out the same sort of meaningless mishmash about leaving people in pain that they do in Britain,
A Department of Health spokesman said: “When clinicians and patients are making decisions about joint replacement surgery, it is right that other procedures – which could provide better outcomes for patients and provide better value for taxpayers – are also considered.
“Our modernisation plans for greater patient choice will drive improvements in quality and waiting times as we focus on the entire patient pathway, not just a narrow part of it, so that people live longer healthier lives.”
This is not an improvement over our current system, but it is what will happen if Obamacare isn’t stopped.
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