Tuesday, June 15, 2010

British ObamaCare update: Even more rationing could be coming

"Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional. Britain, you chose well."
Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2008.

Great Britain, which has had government-run health care since 1948, rations care. The London Evening Standard says even more rationing could be on its way.

Thousands of patients in London could be refused NHS treatment under plans to save millions of pounds, the Standard has learned.

Health bosses are preparing to ration a series of basic procedures to help cut £65 million from the budget. The move means patients could be refused treatment for varicose veins, tonsil removal, jaw replacements and even expensive painkilling injections for back surgery.

Until now NHS managers could only reject basic operation requests if they have no proven benefit, not on cost grounds. But documents obtained by the Standard show finance chiefs are now targeting specific treatments to claw back the £65 million.
Berwick is wrong. As for ObamaCare, the Republican policy should be repeal and replace.

Earlier posts:

British ObamaCare update: First baby born under NHS feels betrayed by system
British ObamaCare update: New PM looking at hospital with 1,200 needless deaths
British Obama Care update: Rationing expanded, kids are the victims
British ObamaCare update: Life-saving drug judged too expensive
British ObamaCare update: Hospital seeking "Hair Removal Specialist - Transgender Services"
British ObamaCare update: Babies' blood used for secret DNA database
British ObamaCare update: Dead bodies dumped on floor of morgue
British ObamaCare update: Health care workers asked to rate Hitler on "coolness"
British ObamaCare update: Bureaucrats getting in the way of saving lives
British ObamaCare update: Fighting waste is not so easy
British ObamaCare update: Hero left to lie in own excrement
British ObamaCare update: Woman barred from surgery after seeing private doctor
British ObamaCare update: Basic surgeries being withheld to save money
2009 British ObamaCare entries

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