Want to know your value as a patient in a government-run health care system? Take a look at this report on how elderly patients are treated in Britain’s NHS. Here’s what being transferred from one NHS facility to another is like:

[The patient] arrived at the care home strapped to a stretcher, soaked with urine, dressed in clothing that did not belong to her held up by paper clips, and accompanied by bags of dirty laundry, much of which was not her own.

Couldn’t happen here? Think again, my friend. The NHS is the medical system that Obama’s health care Czar, Donald Berwick, admires more than any other.

[via Breitbart]

Comments 3

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    I’ve no excuse for examples of substandard care in the NHS except to say that the vast majority is fine. Unfortunately, nursing has changed – not just here but in other countries – whereby it’s moved to a graduate level job and some of the ethos of basic care has been lost. But you should also look to your own backyard – you’ll find many examples of lack of care for seniors. For example, this article says: ‘According to a new study released this month by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), eldercare abuse in America has escalated from a shameful problem to a full-blown humanitarian crisis….

    ‘A nursing home resident whose leg was amputated after becoming infested with maggots; an Alzheimer’s patient who died trapped in a freezer; a Florida nursing home resident who suffered from multiple falls, severe weight loss, multiple pressure sores, infections, dehydration, and eventually death by starvation; patients at a home in Illinois who were given antipsychotic drug injections “assembly-line style? as a means of “chemical restraint;? and an elderly nursing home resident who was sexually assaulted in the middle of the night at the hands of an orderly who was an ex-con.’

    (David – please don’t delete the American bit of the post)

    Posted 18 Feb 2011 at 6:29 am
  2. Robert wrote:

    “I’ve no excuse for examples of substandard care in the NHS except to say that the vast majority is fine.”

    I thought the purpose of Nationalized systems of health was so that EVERYONE was fine not just the “vast majority.” Even the poor got proper care not just the rich. Are you suggesting that this isn’t the case and not everyone is fine?

    Also would you please define vast majority and fine? It would make comparing health care systems so much easier. Think about its as long as the vast majority was technically fine it is a good system.

    Posted 21 Feb 2011 at 12:09 am
  3. Marc Brown wrote:

    NHS satisfaction surveys for primary care are over 80% and for acute care over 60%, and most of those who say they are not happy are those who haven’t actually used the system recently. There are similar figures for France, Netherlands etc but the US ranks well below, at about 40% in those satisfied with their health system.

    Posted 21 Feb 2011 at 4:18 pm

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