Category Archives: NHS BS

PRIVATIZATION SHELLACS OBAMACARE MODEL

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 [...]

BRITS SCREWED AGAIN BY THEIR “FREE” HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Britain’s socialized health care system is rationing care again. This time, it is denying patients access to the first new drug developed in half a century for treating lupus: Analysts may be rethinking their sales forecasts for GlaxoSmithKline’s lupus drug Benlysta after cost regulators for the National Health Service in the UK turned down funding [...]

RATIONING ADVOCATE TO HEAD THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADVISORY BOARD

In today’s American Spectator I discuss the latest ghoul our President has dug up and set loose on the hapless electorate. Obama has nominated Henry J. Aaron to Chair this influential body, and that is not good news: We already have a staunch rationing advocate, Donald Berwick, running the government health care program for the elderly. Now [...]

BRITAIN’S NHS KILLS AGAIN WITH BOGUS ‘DO NOT RESUSCITATE’ ORDER

Last month we learned that Britain’s National Health Service was routinely killing elderly patients by making inappropriate use of “do not resuscitate? orders. If you thought that scandal put a stop to the practice, think again: A Mum died gasping for breath in hospital after she was WRONGLY given a ‘do not resuscitate’ tag. The [...]

SECRET USE OF DO NOT RESUSCITATE ORDERS IN BRITAIN’S NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

In Monday’s American Spectator,  I wrote about the new regulation requiring insurance companies to report your health information so HHS can develop a list of “50 to 100 medical conditions to identify high cost individuals.” If you want to know where this sort of thing is headed, I recommend this article in The Telegraph: Elderly patients are [...]

VIDEO: MILTON FRIEDMAN ON THE PERILS OF GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE

This brilliant man explained more than three decades ago why government involvement in medicine always results in lower quality care and more restricted access. He uses Britain’s government-run system, which is (I’ll remind you again) the favorite health care system of Obama’s Medicare czar Donald Berwick, as an example of what inevitably happens when a government bureaucracy gets [...]

THE NHS AT 63: SORRY CARE FOR ALL

Actually, it didn’t start off as awful as it is today. When the British government took over, it inherited some capital assets that allowed it to maintain a reasonable level of quality for a while. But it eventually ran into the same financial issues that afflict all government-run medical systems. Now, it is essentially a third-world health care [...]

DONALD BERWICK’S FAVORITE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM KILLS AGAIN

Britain’s deadly system of socialized medicine, the NHS, has claimed yet another victim. But this time the tragedy is mixed with irony. The patient was a former NHS director: A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation—at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for [...]

RATIONING UPDATE: BRITAIN’S NHS DENIES CANCER SURGERY DUE TO AGEISM

As I have often pointed out, the favorite health care system of our CMS adminsitrator is Britain’s NHS. Dr. Donald Berwick, quite literally, loves that third-world socialized medical system—and now he is in charge of ours.  So, you may be interested in knowing what the NHS has been up to lately: Thousands of older cancer patients are [...]

YOUR FUTURE UNDER GOVT-RUN HEALTH CARE, PATIENT NEGLECT AT BRITAIN’S NHS

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 [...]