Monday, July 26, 2010

Britain's Health Service - #1973b - Britain Plans to 'Decentralize' National Health Service - Townhall

What a shocker--nationalized health care isn't working very well in Britain as the country fights off its growing debt. The New York Times reports:  Perhaps the only consistent thing about Britain’s socialized health care system is that it is in a perpetual state of flux, its structure constantly changing as governments search for the elusive formula that will deliver the best care for the cheapest price while costs and demand escalate.  Even as the new coalition government said it would make enormous cuts in the public sector, it initially promised to leave health care alone. But in one of its most surprising moves so far, it has done the opposite, proposing what would be the most radical reorganization of the National Health Service, as the system is called, since its inception in 1948.  Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level.
Isn't it interesting that the rest of the world seems to be learning their lessons--from Britain to Greece--that centralized government management is no match for private sector efficiency?  Read more.......  If you think this is surprising, please read the next article regarding how they intend to cut back.  This is why the November elections are so important, we must stop this march in Washington that will take us to where Britain is now in Health Care.

Axe Falls on British National Health Service - NHS bosses have drawn up secret plans for sweeping cuts to sSome of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected.  Patients’ groups have described the measures as “astonishingly brutal”.ervices, with An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered widespread cuts planned across the NHS, many of which have already been agreed by senior health service officials. They include:
* Restrictions on some of the most basic and common operations, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and orthodontic procedures.
* Plans to cut hundreds of thousands of pounds from budgets for the terminally ill, with dying cancer patients to be told to manage their own symptoms if their condition worsens at evenings or weekends.
* The closure of nursing homes for the elderly.
* A reduction in acute hospital beds, including those for the mentally ill, with targets to discourage GPs from sending patients to hospitals and reduce the number of people using accident and emergency departments.
* Tighter rationing of NHS funding for IVF treatment, and for surgery for obesity.restrictions on the most basic treatments for the sick and injured.  Read more........  We need to keep all of this in mind as we run to the polls in November to remove all those who voted for the Obama Health Care Bill.  This is in our future unless we stop Washington from implementing this bill and/or remove the funding.

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