State run health care – now with caveats

“Please can I go to Gitmo?”
TUESDAY 2-05-08… I found it rather ironic, that on the very day governor Schwarzenneger’s “free health care for all” legislation died in committee, the London Weekly Telegraph carried this interesting front page story.

“Doctors are calling for National Health Service treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives. Smokers, drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone anymore. Fertility treatment and social abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should no longer be funded by the state.”

You see folks, in the United Kingdom, it’s government run health care….paid for of course, by astronomical taxes. But now, health care costs have exceeded those taxes, and something has to give. In the survey, one in three doctors said that elderly patients should not be given free treatment if it were unlikely to do them good for long.

Tony Calland is chairman of the British Medical Associations’ ethics committee and says it would be outrageous to limit care on age grounds. Age Concern magazine called the doctors views disgraceful. However, Gordon Brown promised that a new Nat’l Health service constitution would set out people’s “responsibilities’ as well as their rights….a move interpreted as meaning restrictions on patients who bring health problems on themselves.

And while we’re on the subject of government run health care, the state of Massachusetts has universal health care for all….and its less than a year old. The budget for it is already out of whack….and according to the Boston Globe, the cost increase is largely due to an increase in the number of people signing up for the state-subsidized health insurance. State and federal taxpayers are likely to shoulder the cost increases. A little Tidbit to keep in your memory bank as Presidential candidates promise everybody everything!


6 Responses

  1. I saw this story too, Bruce, and immediately thought how old is old? If “old” is anything like ‘the rich” in this country those twenty somethings in Britian had better beware!

  2. This might work, if only to limit the amount of health care that we pay for our elderly politicians.

  3. Bruce,

    You do realize that by law in Massachusetts you MUST buy health care insurance. If you don’t, you’re breaking the law and subject to penalty.


  4. “This might work, if only to limit the amount of health care that we pay for our elderly politicians.”

    This is a fun thought…you can bet they will exempt themselves and keep their current plan, however, because some pigs are more equal than others. LOL

    “If you don’t, you’re breaking the law and subject to penalty.’

    Hillary’s plan will garnish your wages! At least that what she siggested recently.

  5. Yes, Dave. I know. And Hillary says she’ll garnish wages is she’s elected president.. What’s the world coming to?

  6. That should read “IF” she’s elected president.

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