Saturday, December 26, 2009

British ObamaCare update: Bureaucracy spending up 50 percent

The Democrats' push for ObamaCare isn't about lowering health care costs, providing better care, or insuring more Americans--it's about control and an expansion of government.

Great Britain has had government-run health care, the National Health Service, for sixty years. And as the Telegraph tells us, like the Big Bang, the expansion never ends.

Spending on NHS bureaucracy has risen by 50 per cent in just four years, according to "heartbreaking" government figures. The increases include a 43 per cent rise in the costs of managers, while spending on clerical staff rose by 78 per cent at Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), which decide how NHS funds should be used. Meanwhile, their expenditure on management consultants and temporary staff more than doubled.

Patients' groups accused the Government of wasting "ludicrous and heartbreaking" sums expanding an army of administrators while starving the frontline of resources.

In 2006, ministers promised to cut NHS administration costs by halving the total number of PCTs - the organisations which decide which treatments and medications are funded - from 303 to 150.

In fact, Department of Health figures show that in the four years ending last year, the total amount spent on administration went from £1.43 billion to £2.14 billion - a rise of 49.5 per cent.

You've been warned.

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