In today’s American Spectator, I describe how a private hospital management company is helping to save the UK from its crumbling system of socialized medicine:

An excruciating irony of Obamacare is that its architects modeled many of its features after the UK’s National Health Service … The most obvious example is Obamacare’s rationing committee, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was consciously made in the image of Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The irony of imitating the NHS is that it ia a monumental failure by any objective standard:

Routine neglect of elderly patients, cancer patients writhing in agony because their pain medications were not administered, clinicians eating patient food while patients starve, nurses ignoring patients desperate to use the toilet—all are commonplace. Indeed, neglect at one NHS hospital caused no fewer than 1,200 deaths.

This situation has become so serious that the NHS has resorted to that much-hated bête noire of progressives and Obamacare supporters everywhere: privatization. And, as anyone literate in economics would predict, it is succeeding:

The first NHS trust to be operated entirely by a private company has recorded one of the highest levels of patient satisfaction in the country … The company running the trust has slashed losses at the hospital by 60 per cent and will soon begin to pay… debts built up over years of mismanagement.

So, if a national health care system that has tried to make socialized medicine work for more than 60 years is going back to the free market, why the hell is the U.S. moving toward a government-run medical delivery system that has a 100% record of failure?

To read the rest of the column, click here.

Comments 1

  1. Bob Hertz wrote:

    I am trying to post for the first time. I must have done something wrong.

    Let me try one more time.

    The Hinchingbrooke hospital is still funded by tax dollars, I believe. It does not charge user fees or take patients to court or send out ruinous bills as in the Brill article.

    The difference seems to be that the new management is defying the NHS unions. And that is a good thing.

    Sort of like an American public school being managed by a private firm. The financing of the school does not change, it is still free to the users.

    Privatization means that a hospital depends on user fees. Those who can pay fees must subsidize those who cannot. it is a crappy system in many ways.

    Good post, I am just quibbling about your terminology

    Posted 14 Mar 2013 at 8:53 pm

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