Monday, December 13, 2010

British ObamaCare update: Your child's life needs to be saved? Ring America!

"I fell in love with the NHS…to an American observer, the NHS Is such a seductress." (Donald Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), September 30, 2008)

The Daily Mail is reporting that the inaction of the National Health Service, Great Britain's government-run health care agency, is leaving some parents no choice but to travel to the United States to save the lives of their children.

If the U.S. devolves into a single-payer system, where will everyone go for quality health care?

The entire Daily Mail article is worth reading, but here's an excerpt:

Martin and Rachel [Owen] were told their daughter needed proton radiotherapy — an advanced treatment that does not damage the tissue surrounding tumours, as would conventional radiotherapy.

This means it can be used in extremely delicate areas, such as brains and eyes, to destroy tumours without causing catastrophic harm.

The NHS has one low-powered proton radiotherapy machine, but it can treat only eyes, not brains.

"The head of oncology told us very candidly: 'You need to ring America.'"
But the NHS wouldn't fund the trip to save their daughter's life. Martin had to walk away from his business and raise $270,000 to pay for the trip and the treatment.

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