Monday, October 01, 2012

Sarah P and The MVNHS© [UPDATED]

If you want to see how the system on which the ObamaTax was modeled really works, you have only to pick up a British newspaper:

"Cost-cutting NHS chiefs are routinely assigning just one family doctor to districts that stretch over hundreds of square miles ... Patients are still put at unacceptable risk by apparently negligent practices.’"

As we've pointed out before, such provider shortages are looming on our own horizon, as well. And no wonder: more folks with insurance seeking care from fewer and fewer doctors results in the text-book definition of rationing.

It's ironic that former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made this call years ago. It's even more ironic that her banner's been picked up by erstwhile auto bailout maven Steven Rattner:

We need death panels ... unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget."

Gee, ya think?

UPDATE: Turns out, it's not just us laypeople who are worried. The folks on the front lines, who will be called upon to actually render care to all these extra 10's of millions of new "patients" aren't exactly thrilled, either. Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine and medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center, weighs in:

"President Obama and Congress should have checked with the country’s physicians before passing a law that relies on our efforts to handle health insurance expansion to more than 30 million more people ... Perhaps most disturbing, more than half of doctors surveyed by The Physicians Foundation revealed that they will cut back on patients (including Medicare) or reduce patient access to their care over the next three years."
So, more demand, fewer resources, what could possibly go wrong?
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