Monday, October 22, 2012

Racking them up on the MVNHS©

As we've been documenting for many years (most recently, here), the Much Vaunted National Health System© is very good at one thing: killing off its victims patients. In fact, the "system" is pretty efficient at doing so:

"Patients having major surgery in [MVNHS©] hospitals face a much higher risk of dying than those in America ... seriously ill NHS patients were seven times more likely to die than their American counterparts."

W already knew that our cancer survival rates were many times better than the Brits', but this metric goes even further. It appears that a primary driver in this case is a shortage of specialists (which we're already seeing here as a result of the ObamaTax) and post-op facilities. This is rationing without rationale.

The study also posits that the long wait for treatment means less chance of a positive outcome, which drives up the mortality rates even more. Oh, you want to know how we stack up? No problem:

"The results showed that just under ten per cent of British patients died in hospital afterwards compared to 2.5 per cent in America. Among the most seriously ill cases there was a seven-fold difference in the death rates." (emphasis added)

Not for long.

[Hat Tip: Daniel Mitchell]
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