Monday, February 28, 2011

MVNHS© DeathWatch '11

Perhaps the most efficient way to ration care is to simply deny necessary and/or life-saving health care. That certainly seems to be the preferred method of the system most favored by our own CMS Honcho "Sir" Donald Berwick:

"Dying cancer patients have been refused costly life-extending drugs on cost grounds"

This comes after the Brits' "health care" system had explicitly promised "to end the "scandal" forever."

Apparently, "forever" means something entirely different in the Queen's English:

"An investigation ... has uncovered more than 80 cases in which desperately sick NHS patients have been refused the cancer drugs their doctor sought ... because of restrictions by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)."

Thanks to the gentlemen at Power Line for alerting us to this new scandal.

Of course, it wouldn't be the MVNHS© if there was but one scandalous activity meant to rein in runaway health care costs. Alert reader Fred W tipped us to this new twist on "the system knows best:"

"Doctors and nurses in Britain are being advised to tell their patients that having an abortion is safer than having the baby ... "Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term."

As Fred points out, there may be method to this madness:

"If the Brits kill as many as they can before they're born, and off as many old people as they can, then healthcare costs go down due to declining population, right? Of course then, there's fewer people to pay for it!"

Then again, there's certainly madness to this method.
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