Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another Harsh Reality of National Health Care

Before you champion the need for the US to embrace socialized medicine national health care, you need to read up on the countries that already have...

"Doctors [in the UK] are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.

Fertility treatment and "social" abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.

About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.

Managers defend the policies because of the higher risk of complications on the operating table for unfit patients. But critics believe that patients are being denied care simply to save money..." (Read the entire article)

On second thought, this could be the answer to the social security problem...

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