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  • Quarter of cancer patients losing faith in NHS because of late diagnosis

    07/30/2015 7:04:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM BST 31 Jul 2015 | Sarah Knapton,
    Researchers studied data from 70,000 patients and found that out of the 60,000 people who were diagnosed through their GP, nearly 13,300 had been seen three or more times before they were referred for cancer tests. Those who had taken the longest to diagnose were more likely to be unhappy with later aspects of their care. Nearly one in five were dissatisfied with how medical staff broke the news that they had cancer. 40 per cent were also unhappy with the communication between hospital staff and their GP. More than one in 10 felt that information had been deliberately withheld...
  • Dutch pediatricians: Allow euthanasia for children under 12

    06/23/2015 6:08:16 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/22/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    June 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Dutch Pediatric Association says that allowing teenagers to ask for euthanasia discriminates against younger children and is asking that the age limit for doctor-assisted death be removed.Current Dutch law permits children 12 and older to ask for euthanasia with parental approval while 18-year-olds fall under the regulations governing adults."We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed and that each child's ability to ask to die should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a child under 12 satisfies the same conditions, pediatricians are currently powerless. It's time to address...
  • Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

    06/19/2015 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 18, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT | Abigail Wilkinson
    A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law. The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013. In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of...
  • Canadian pediatricians recommend letting 22-week-old preemies die.

    05/30/2015 6:51:18 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    National Post ^ | May 29, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    Measuring just 10 inches long, Carter Lake should never have made it past his first few desperate hours outside the womb. When his mother Jennifer’s water broke barely half-way through her pregnancy, doctors warned her they would let the baby die if he was delivered at less than 24 weeks. Resuscitation and life support at that point were futile, they insisted. But four days later, Lake spontaneously gave birth at home and the minuscule, 22-week infant was sped to hospital by ambulance, where staff took him without question to the intensive-care unit. In the ensuing days, though, doctors and nurses...
  • Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets [coming soon!!]

    05/28/2015 4:58:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/29/15 | Sarah Knapton
    The NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned. Under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, UN member states must cut the number of deaths from diseases like cancer, stroke, diabetes and dementia by one third by 2030. However because many are age-related illnesses people who succumb to those diseases from the age of 70 are not deemed to have died prematurely and so are not included in the target. In an open letter published in The Lancet, an...
  • 52% of Dutch euthanasia doctors say they would kill patient with dementia

    04/29/2015 8:44:17 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/28/15 | Jeanne Smits
    April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- More than half of all Dutch physicians specialized in euthanasia would consider approving euthanasia for a demented patient, according to a survey carried out last year and made public last week at an academic symposium held at the VUmc Free University in Amsterdam.“SCEN” doctors – as they are known – form the Support Consultation Euthanasia Network Netherlands whose members can be called upon by family doctors who face a euthanasia request and who need help with the procedure, specialized and independent advice as to whether their patient should “benefit” according to the requirements for “careful”...
  • Venezuela's Medical Crisis Requires World Attention

    04/29/2015 4:56:16 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 33 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 29, 2015 | Editorial Board
    IT HAS BEEN the hallmark of socialism in Venezuela: free, high-quality medical care. Late President Hugo Chávez changed the constitution to guarantee such right to all Venezuelans. But that same health care system is now crumbling under the weight of an economic crisis, causing a severe shortage of normal medical care and many avoidable deaths. Venezuela has grown increasingly alienated from the United States and its Central American neighbors, but its political estrangement doesn’t justify the lack of urgency from the international community. Although many places call out for medical intervention, Venezuela’s growing medical collapse deserves a significant dose of...
  • VA Sends Veterans’ Medical Info To FBI To Get Their Guns Taken Away

    04/22/2015 5:35:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 21, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Documents obtained by The Daily Caller and interviews with American veterans reveal a shocking government program: The Department of Veterans Affairs is disarming America’s veterans by getting them placed on the FBI’s criminal background-check list. The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids. Veterans deemed mentally incompetent or financially incapable are finally speaking out about the errors in the system and the fearful harassment they and their families face from the federal government. And it all starts when vets...
  • Judge refuses mother's plea to treat terminally-ill son (Where Obamacare will end)

    02/14/2015 6:30:48 PM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | Patrick Sawer
    Doctors believe that a terminally-ill teenager who has a brain tumour will die within weeks after a judge gave them permission to withhold treatment. The 18-year-old man’s parents wanted chemotherapy to continue and his mother had launched a “passionate” fight “for his life” at a fraught late-night hearing at the Court of Protection in London. She said her son was “absolutely adored” and a “miracle child” and urged judge Mrs Justice Hogg not to rule that he “has to die”.
  • Obese People Could Have Benefits Taken Away If They Refuse Treatment

    02/13/2015 10:21:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 13, 2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    Obese People Could Have Benefits Taken Away If They Refuse Treatment David Cameron says taxpayers should no longer “fund the benefits” of obese people or drug and alcohol addicts who refuse to accept the treatment that could help them get back into employment By Peter Dominiczak, 13 Feb 2015 Obese people could have their benefits stripped if they refuse treatment in a bid to ensure they can lead a “fulfilling life”, David Cameron has said. A Conservative government will attempt to ensure that tens of thousands of people who claim welfare on the grounds of obesity, drug or alcohol addiction...
  • 50 die under secret 999 policy

    01/29/2015 7:55:16 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/13/15 | Laura Donnelly
    More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients. Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes. An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate. It meant that, instead of receiving a response from paramedics...
  • NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all says Britain's top doctor...

    01/20/2015 2:35:41 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1/20/2015 | TANIA STEERE
    The NHS is ‘not fit for the future’ and unless it undergoes radical change it may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all, in the future, the service's top doctor has warned. Medical director of NHS England Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said the NHS must become far less reliant on hospitals and needed a ‘complete transformation’ of the way it operates. Sir Bruce told the Guardian: ‘If the NHS continues to function as it does now, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not fit...
  • NHS may be forced to abandon free healthcare, Britain’s top doctor says

    01/19/2015 3:20:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:30PM GMT 19 Jan 2015 | Bill Gardner
    Britain’s most senior doctor has said the under-pressure NHS may be forced to abandon the concept of free healthcare for all. Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, said there were doubts over whether the taxpayer-funded model was “sustainable in the longer term”. He added that huge changes were needed—including less reliance on hospitals—if free treatment was to be preserved. He told the Guardian: “If the NHS continues to function as it does now, it’s going to really struggle to cope because the model of delivery and service that we have at the moment is not...
  • Now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gives ambulances even longer to get to seriously ill patients (UK)

    01/16/2015 10:51:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:55 EST, 16 January 2015 | Sophie Borland
    Ambulances will be allowed to take longer to reach seriously ill patients, under controversial plans announced by the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt yesterday unveiled a pilot scheme that will give operators an extra two minutes to assess 999 calls before dispatching paramedics. He said the added time will enable staff to establish if an ambulance is really needed, over concerns they are being sent out too readily to patients who are not seriously ill. But unions warned that the move would cost lives and dismissed the scheme as a ploy to meet targets ahead of the election. The ambulance service...
  • Health Care Rationing: ‘Secret’ British NHS Policy Won’t Send Ambulances to Terminally Ill Patients

    01/14/2015 7:39:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/14/2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    Playing God to save a buck. More than 50 patients have died after an NHS trust introduced a secret policy to downgrade 999 calls and not to send ambulances to terminally ill patients. Managers at East of England ambulance trust were accused of “the most cruel form of rationing imaginable” after admitting that 8,000 patients had been affected by the changes.An internal NHS report discloses that 57 patients died after their calls were downgraded following a decision not to send ambulances to the terminally ill and to those who had given instructions not to resuscitate.It meant that, instead of...
  • Doctors [in the U.K.] told to report patients who put on weight

    12/26/2014 12:33:35 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 25 Dec 2014 | Laura Donnelly
    GPs will be asked to identify patients who are putting on weight under a new national programme to help fight obesity. Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said it was time for Britain to "get back in shape" in order to protect millions of people from a host of obesity-related diseases. Under the scheme, family doctors will be asked to identify anyone who has gained weight and is at risk of diabetes – particularly those aged below 40. They will then be offered tests for pre-diabetes, followed by healthy lifestyle advice and close monitoring to ensure they are eating...
  • Hospitals struggling as winter hits

    12/12/2014 6:47:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent
    Demands on the NHS tend to increase during the colder months because of illnesses like flu and norovirus. But with winter just getting under way, pressures are already reaching record levels. Extra money is being invested in each nation, but the four-hour A&E waiting time target is still being missed everywhere. The mounting problems come as the BBC launches its NHS Winter project, which tracks how the health service is performing down to individual hospital trust level. In England weekly figures are released. The latest, for the first week of December, show 91.8% of patients were seen in four hours...
  • Netherlands: Euthanasias Increase 15% as Doctors Target Mental Health Patients

    09/30/2014 9:10:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies
    Life News ^ | 9/30/14 | Alex Schadenberg
    The 2013 Netherlands euthanasia report was released yesterday indicating a 15% increase of reported euthanasia deaths. There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia.The 2013 report indicated that there were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths which was up from 4188 in 2012. As bad as it is, the reported euthanasia deaths do not include the unreported euthanasia deaths.The five year Netherlands euthanasia Lancet study indicated that in 2010, 23% of all euthanasia deaths went unreported in the Netherlands, which was up from 20% in 2005. The under-reporting of euthanasia in...
  • Nurses on Home Visits to Patients Told to Ask: Can We Kill You?

    08/20/2014 8:41:56 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Euthanasia. Rationing. Assisted Suicide. These are the kinds of concerns the pro-life community brought up when Congress pushed through Obamacare and government-run health care. These concerns are already becoming real in the Untied States, but a new story out of the United Kingdom should give Americans a hint as to what’s next.Nurses who are a part of in-home health care programs for the sick, elderly and disabled are coming forward to say they’ve been told to ask such patients not if they need medical help but if they need assistance in killing themselves.The nurses say patients are asked via a...
  • Doctor: Elderly People Should be Left to Die, Their Quality of Life is Too Low

    08/08/2014 6:35:01 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 82 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/7/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Dr. James Beattie, a cardiologist who works at the East of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, believes hospitals should let more elderly patients die and “quality of life” should be given more consideration.According to an article in the Daily Mail, Beattie said that society no longer accepts mortality and is much less familiar with death. ‘If a person is in hospital, particularly an elderly person with multiple co-morbidities, if they have a cardiac arrest it’s a sign they are in decline,’ he told Radio 4.‘It’s their act of dying and they should not be resuscitated, they should be allowed...
  • Britain’s NHS is the world’s best health-care system, says report (by Commonwealth Fund)

    06/18/2014 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:27PM BST 17 Jun 2014 | Keith Perry
    The National Health Service has been praised as the world’s best health-care system by an international panel of experts who said it was superior to those found in countries which spend far more on health. The study, entitled “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” also described US healthcare provision as the worst globally. Despite investing the most money in health, the US refuses care to many patients without health insurance and is also the worst at saving the lives of people who fall ill, it found. The Commonwealth Fund, a Washington-based foundation produced the report. The fund is respected around the...
  • Huge backlog: 70 percent of VA facilities used alternative wait lists

    06/10/2014 8:00:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Tens of thousands of veterans are stuck in backlogs awaiting care at VA facilities, the department said Monday in a report that confirms employees regularly cooked the books, often under pressure from supervisors, to try to hide long wait times. The audit found that 70 percent of Veterans Affairs facilities surveyed placed patients on alternate wait lists, meaning many of those veterans probably weren’t recorded in the official reports back to headquarters and were used to dole out bonuses to VA executives.
  • UK’s ‘assisted dying’ bill tells disabled ‘it’s not worth being alive’: wheelchair-bound Baroness

    06/06/2014 10:35:10 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/5/14 | Kirsten Andersen
    LONDON, U.K., June 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A British aristocrat and legislator has gone to bat for the nation’s disabled, arguing that a proposed law allowing doctor-assisted suicide would target the ill and infirm for euthanasia. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, a paraplegic athlete who has won 11 gold medals at the Paralympics and is now a member of the House of Lords, co-signed a scathing letter to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in which she and other disability-rights advocates accused lawmakers of having double standards when it comes to whether a person should be allowed to commit suicide. “Why is it...
  • Palin: Gitmo Prisoners, Illegal Aliens Getting Better Care Than 'Death Panel' VA For Vets

    05/30/2014 8:21:40 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | Palin on Hannity
    On Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) discussed a number of issues related to the news of the day with host Sean Hannity including President Barack Obama and his perceived weaknesses, the friction between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party and her role in the political process. But she also took on the scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration hospitals that has resulted in a number of deaths for American military veterans. (Video at Breitbart.com)
  • Deadly VA Healthcare Fraud The Model And Future Of Obamacare

    05/10/2014 8:01:26 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | May 10, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    VA Cover-up This week the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee unanimously voted to subpoena all emails and documents from Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and VA senior leadership. The Committee, headed by Florida Congressmen Jeff Miller (R), has been requesting all documentation pertaining to any “waiting list” abnormalities which are said to have resulted in the deaths of up to 40 Veterans from the Phoenix, AZ Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Background Committee subpoenas were issued in response to a revelation by Dr. Sam Foote, a retired Department of Veteran’s Affairs doctor, that patients had been placed on an...
  • The VA’s Socialist Paradise

    05/22/2014 11:06:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 22 May 2014 | RICH LOWRY
    For the left, the Department of Veterans Affairs is how health care is ideally supposed to work. No insurance companies, no private doctors, no competition — just the government and the patient. Paul Krugman, The New York Times columnist, has held up the VA as a model for the entire country. The Washington Monthly ran a famous article in 2005 arguing that the VA was leading the way for U.S. health care. The socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is such a reflexive defender that in an instantly notorious interview on CNN he pooh-poohed the burgeoning scandal that may involve...
  • Where VA has taken veterans, Obamacare is leading all Americans

    05/22/2014 1:35:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 20, 2014 | Kevin O'Brien, deputy editorial page editor
    The White House says Americans can't draw any conclusions yet about just how screwed up is the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care system. Well, yes, Americans can. And if they have any sense — always a debatable proposition — Americans will. One conclusion we can draw is an old, familiar one: No matter what the issue or activity, bureaucracy's first and strongest instinct is to protect itself in the face of a perceived threat. Another conclusion is probably just dawning on those Americans with the wit to see it, because so very few of us have had a brush...
  • Don’t Nationalize the VA’s Failures: They are endemic to government-run health care.

    05/22/2014 7:03:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    A health-care system run and funded by a national government has been caught covering up its waiting lists, leaving patients without care for so long that they have died before they were attended to and, worst of all, perhaps, fudging the numbers in order to make itself and its political masters look more competent. I’m from England, and I’ve seen this movie before. Many American conservatives have responded to the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs is being run precisely as one would have reasonably suspected that the VA was being run by training their fire on the...
  • Watch Out, Grandma: ObamaCare risks for the elderly

    05/19/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/18/2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    On May 7, the Obama administration boasted that ObamaCare was improving health-care quality for seniors, and it pulled out a bag of statistical tricks to prove it. But a closer look shows that it’s not improving care. It’s skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for “observation care” and likely shortening their lives. President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a month’s time. HHS claims that this drop in “readmissions,” from 18.5 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, signals quality improvement. Nationwide,...
  • West Virginia doctor claims patients on VA waiting list committed suicide

    05/19/2014 1:37:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2014
    A West Virginia doctor is coming forward with new allegations against the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming that she too was told to put patients seeking treatment off for months on end—and that at least two of them committed suicide. The claims add to the mounting controversy surrounding the VA, and allegations in several states that workers were concealing information about the long wait times veterans encountered. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified last week before Congress on the scandal, but so far has resisted calls for his resignation. Dr. Margaret Moxness, who says she was employed at the Huntington VA...
  • VA Scandal: So, This Is What Death Panels Look Like

    05/21/2014 10:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/21/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The Veterans Administration hospital scandal that has claimed the lives of at least 40 U.S. military veterans continues to expand, adding to the image of a president who neither knows nor cares what happens to those who shed their blood on the battlefield for their fellow Americans. With a little under six months before the crucial midterm elections, it is a helpful reminder to voters of the horrors that are not glitches, but essential features, of government-provided health care. The problems at the VA are omens, sneak previews of what the delivery of all health care in America will look...
  • Veterans Affairs and Death by Bureaucracy

    05/20/2014 8:18:11 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 5/20/2014 | ArnoldAhlert
    Veterans Affairs and Death by Bureaucracy Posted By Arnold Ahlert On May 20, 2014 @ 12:19 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage There may finally be a scandal engulfing the Obama administration that even Democrats and their media collaborators can’t obfuscate. What happened at the VA facility in Phoenix, AZ, where employees created two sets of waiting lists to make it seem patients were being treated in a timely manner—and as many as 40 veterans allegedly died while languishing on the secret list—is an anomaly. Six more whistleblowers from around the nation have stepped forward, alleging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...
  • Make This Clear to People: This Veterans Hospital Death Panel Is a Preview of Life Under Obamacare

    05/20/2014 8:16:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | May 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Tom in Huntington Beach, California, welcome. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Mr. Limbaugh. What a thrill to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: I don't know if it's more of a thrill to talk to you or Mr. Snerdley. But anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on your fine children's book and your award. I think that was just wonderful. RUSH: Thank you, sir, very, very much. CALLER: I called because I told Mr. Snerdley, I signed up for a VA card over two years ago, and during the last...
  • Obama VA Scandal: Racehorse California Chrome Gets Faster Health Care Ruling

    05/19/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 19, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So California Chrome, the horse that's gonna be running the Triple Crown. You're saying, "What? A horse? With everything going on out there?" Yeah, 'cause it's important, folks. You see, California Chrome was possibly violating the rules of horse racing by wearing Breathe Right nasal strips, a whole bunch of 'em, on the snout, or the snoot, the nose. And this, of course, allowed the horse to breathe more easily. Now American athletes in all sports use the Breathe Right nasal strips. I don't know if Breathe Right is the brand name, but it's the same principle....
  • Lessons of the VA Scandal: Wait-listed till you die is what you expect from gov't-run health care

    05/19/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2014 | John Fund
    If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces. But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system. The Dayton Daily News reported on Sunday that its investigation of a database of...
  • 'Delay in treatment' a factor in more than 100 deaths at VA centers

    05/18/2014 10:15:58 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 18, 2014 | Josh Sweigart
    As controversy swirls around the Veterans Administration over deaths caused by delayed care, an investigation by the Dayton Daily News found that the VA settled many cases that appear to be related to delays in treatment. A database of paid claims by the VA since 2001 includes 167 in which the words "delay in treatment" is used in the description. The VA paid out a total of $36.4 million to settle those claims, either voluntarily or as part of a court action. The VA has admitted that 23 people have died because of delayed care, and is facing accusations that...
  • Denis McDonough: Obama is "madder than hell" about VA scandal

    05/18/2014 9:30:42 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended the White House reaction to the scandals emerging from Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals around the country, saying on CBS' "Face the Nation" that President Obama "is madder than hell - I've got the scars to prove it." In an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, McDonough said that VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is the right person to lead the investigation into reports that veterans have been put on secret waiting lists to hide the number of people who were not being treated within the VA's goal of 14 days. Several...
  • How VA hospitals are a government-run disaster

    05/17/2014 7:24:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 16, 2014 | Michael D. Tanner
    The news is shocking: Patients dying on the waiting list for government-provided healthcare. But this is not a report from Canada or the British National Health Service. It’s right here in America, in the health system administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The problems first surfaced in Phoenix, where the wait to receive care at VA facilities had grown so long that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor. As many as 40 veterans reportedly died because they couldn’t get the care they needed. VA administrators tried to cover up the problems...
  • VA Actions Kill Veterans--a Precursor for Obamacare?

    05/16/2014 4:48:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 15, 2014 | Rick Manning
    Government run health care has come under increased scrutiny as America has learned of the bureaucratic decisions to let patients die rather than receive treatment. No, this story isn’t about Obamacare, although it does provide a pretty bleak look into the future as the death panels and cost based health decisions come flowing out of Health and Human Services cubicle farms. This preview is provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a Department which runs the crumbling VA health system. CNN reports that at least 40 veterans died waiting to see a doctor at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care...
  • CA Obamacare Patients Driving to Tijuana, Mexico for Cheaper, Faster Care

    05/08/2014 4:19:39 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2014 | Wynton Hall
    California Obamacare patients are finding it more affordable to drive to Tijuana, Mexico for health care treatment than to use their high-deductible Obamacare plans. Irma Montalvo tells USA Today seeing a Tijuana doctor only costs $15 and that she likes her Mexican doctor better. "She listens to me," said Montalvo, a U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico, said in Spanish. "I come here feeling really bad, and three days later I am better." The Obama administration has lamented the fact that Latino Obamacare enrollments remain surprisingly low. However, according to USA Today, "Mexican immigrants living in California, Arizona, Texas...
  • VA Health Scandals Foreshadow Life Under ObamaCare

    05/07/2014 6:50:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Rationing: Government-run VA health clinics have been caught falsifying records to hide obscenely long and sometimes deadly delays in treating veterans. Welcome to the future of health care under ObamaCare. The VA recently decided to investigate one of its Colorado outpatient clinics to see how it handled patient delays. What it found was shocking, but not surprising. While delays for many of the 6,300 veterans treated at the clinic stretched out for months, clerks there were told to falsify dates so it appeared that everyone was being seen in a timely fashion. Those who didn't play along ended up on...
  • Medicaid, the Next Obama Disaster

    04/27/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    President Obama is doing his victory dance, telling us how his health care plan has become a success because his more than his targeted number (8 million) clicked their desire to have health insurance on a website. We will soon see how many are real policyholders, and later we will see their real costs as everything shakes out with co-pays and renewals next year. What we do know is that Medicaid is a pending disaster waiting to happen. When the Obamacare registration period started we were regularly hearing about all those new Medicaid sign-ups. Then we did not hear about...
  • 40 U.S. veterans die while on Phoenix VA hospital's cost-cutting secret wait list: report

    04/24/2014 5:05:25 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 21 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 24 April 2014 | Melanie Greenwood
    The “sham list” was part of an elaborate scheme by top-level management to doctor patient wait times, CNN reports. Patients had to wait as long as 20 weeks to see primary care physicians despite some having life-threatening conditions, including Thomas Breen, a Navy vet who died of Stage 4 bladder cancer.
  • Unable to guarantee medical care, the Quebec government turns to euthanasia

    02/15/2014 9:10:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
    Unable to guarantee adequate medical care for its citizens, the Quebec Government is turning to euthanasia. The law would allow 14 year olds to refuse treatment without the consent of their parents. Also in the French version, other witnesses including Luc describe the potential abuses by politicians, hospital administrators, the medical profession and families in a money driven society where certain lives would be deemed less worthy to live because of financial pressures.
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • Veterans dying because of health care delays

    01/31/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin
    U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned. The new document obtained by CNN shows a worse problem than has previously been made public by the VA. As CNN has previously reported, as many as 7,000 veterans were on a backlog list -- waiting too long for colonscopies or endoscopies -- at VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.
  • Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is 'writing off' patients who are over 75

    01/25/2014 5:24:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/23/14 | Jenny Hope
    Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts. But pensioners with the disease have 44 per cent less chance of survival. The figure for stomach cancer – at 45 per cent – is even worse.
  • Fears for the elderly under new NHS drugs policy (Coming Across the Pond)

    01/10/2014 6:18:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. Pharmaceutical firms on Thursday night warned that the move could lead to new medicines being denied to the elderly. A senior professor also said that the plans could threaten the well-being of older people and were “deeply suspect”, while charities questioned the ethics of the policy.
  • Social workers take children from families who overfeed them

    01/02/2014 9:36:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Express ^ | December 29, 2013 | Matthew Davis
    One child had a BMI measurement of 35, which for a six-foot man would mean weighing 19st. Britain's obesity epidemic, which sees NHS hospitals dealing with 1,000 cases every day, is a reversal of the traditional problem when children were undernourished. Increasingly social workers find youngsters being fed a high-fat, sugary diet, which can be just as bad for their health. The phenomenon is known as "killing with kindness" because the child craves the unhealthy food and a loving parent feels unable to say no. Professionals say they have to make complex decisions in care proceedings and a family's gross...
  • Obamacare Contractor Blamed for Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals (Employees not being paid)

    01/02/2014 6:11:31 AM PST · by rawhide · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1-2-14 | By JERYL BIER
    The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government's new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) ABC-KTRK in Houston reports: According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven't been paid in nearly a month. "I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills....