U.K. National Socialist Health Service Fails Many Citizens
Those on the left side of the political spectrum dream of Socialism, especially in the form of a single-payer health care system, but ignore the ramifications that such a U.S. health care system will put you in the grave faster than you think.
Sally C. Pipes, President, CEO, Author of The Way Out of Obamacare, and a Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute pointed out just one health condition of many such as being overweight or obese will not be qualified for health care in the U.K.
Do people who are overweight or obese deserve health care? In the United Kingdom’s socialized health care system, the answer appears to be “no.” And if Democrats get their way, the same could be true in the United States.
To save money, the U.K. National Health Service recently announced it will ban obese patients from many surgeries for up to a year. Such rationing is standard in single-payer health care systems. Americans will face the same fate if Democrats can enact Medicare for All here.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recently introduced his Medicare for All bill backed by 15 other Democratic senators. His call to create such a single-payer health care system was a major part of his failed campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination last year.
In addition, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is urging Democrats to make single-payer a centerpiece of their upcoming campaigns.
Known as “lifestyle rationing,” the new British policy debunks the myth that single-payer systems deliver truly universal health care.
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The rule applies to patients with a body mass index of 30 or higher. It would hit a 5-foot-10 man who weighs more than 209 pounds, or a 5-foot-4 woman who weighs more than 174 pounds. These patients will have to wait a year, or lose 10 percent of their weight, before they can receive elective surgeries like hip or knee replacements.
The National Health Service in Britain believes such discriminatory rationing is the “best way of achieving maximum value from the limited resources available.”
Of course, overweight people aren’t the only ones denied care in single-payer systems. The bureaucrats who run them have little choice but to ration care for everyone.
When patients pay virtually nothing for health care, they have little incentive to limit their consumption. If someone feels even slightly under the weather, he or she can immediately go to the doctor and demand medicine, rather than simply rest up and hydrate. So patients flood doctor’s offices and hospitals.
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With no market forces at work to regulate demand, the only way for the government to keep costs under control is to forcibly limit the supply of medical services.
Single-payer systems do so by offering doctors and hospitals relatively paltry sums for their services. The average general practitioner in the United Kingdom earns about $130,000 per year. By contrast, a general practitioner in America earns over $200,000 annually, on average.
If that wasn’t enough, the Daily Wire pointed out seven issues you need to know about Britain’s failing nationalized health care system. Those seven issues are: patients face exorbitant waiting times, numerous unnecessary deaths occur under the NHS, the NHS is facing staff shortages, the NHS was first created in 1948, the NHS has a death rate four times higher than the U.S. following major surgeries, dental health under the NHS is atrocious in certain regions of Britain, and the NHS provides insufficient care for mental health.
Do you still want a socialist single-payer health care system in the U.S.? Let the above sink in for a moment.
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