Sunday, February 24, 2013

MVNHS© Fail: Private vs Public

We've been highlighting the many failures of the Much Vaunted National Health System© since 2006, and explaining why our own private-sector system - while flawed - is superior. Of course, we bring a certain bias to the discussion (and by "bias" we mean "factual analysis").

It's certainly easy to dismiss these items as self-serving, but perhaps this news from the home of the MVNHS© will put to rest such criticism:

"The first NHS trust to be run entirely by a private firm has one of the highest levels of patient satisfaction in the country ... the trust has slashed losses at the hospital by 60 per cent and will soon begin to pay off burgeoning debts built up over years of mismanagement"

Well, well, well.

So as we (metaphorically, one hopes) throw out our own baby with the bathwater, perhaps we should stop a moment and consider the consequences. The ObamaTax (based substantially on the Brits' system) looms on our horizon, yet the folks who actually live under that system now can plainly see that it is a failure:

"Hundreds of hospital patients died needlessly. In the wards, people lay starving, thirsty and in soiled bedclothes, buzzers droning hopelessly as their cries for help went ignored. Some received the wrong medication; some, none at all."

That way lies madness, no?
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