In the Orwellian world of government-run health care, words are often used in ways that turn logic on its head. An illustrative example can be found in Gordon Brown’s use of the term “patient rights.” Per the Daily Mail:
Patients’ rights are to be spelled out in a new NHS constitution, Gordon Brown signalled today.
But there’s a kicker:
The contract could include a “general requirement” for people to keep themselves healthy.
And what happens to those who fail to “keep themselves healthy”?
There were fears last night that this could lead to smokers and people who drink or eat too much being refused treatments.
In fact, such patients are already being denied treatment:
Already around one in ten hospitals refuse to carry out joint replacements for obese patients or orthopaedic surgery on smokers.
In other words, some British patients will have more “rights” than others under Brown’s constitution. Which leads one Daily Mail reader to ask the following:
Are the obese smokers and drinkers going to get tax exemption for being denied treatment?
Nope. The government will continue to vacuum their pockets. How can they get away with that? Because you have no real “rights” under government-run health care
Brown’s “constitution” is nothing more than a way of legitimizing the kind of rationing for which socialized medical systems are notorious. Today’s victims are smokers, drinkers and fat people. Tomorrow it will be someone else.
And speaking of NHS rationing, GruntDoc links to an IBD article that highlights yet another brilliant scheme hatched by Great Britain’s medical bureaucrats. Now they want patients to focus on “self care.” And we’re not talking about people with the sniffles here. They want people with arthritis and asthmma to treat themselves.