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  • 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...
  • Britains NHS is the worlds 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 worlds 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 werent recorded in the official reports back to headquarters and were used to dole out bonuses to VA executives.
  • UKs assisted dying bill tells disabled its 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 Thursdays 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 Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously voted to subpoena all emails and documents from Department of Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Background Committee subpoenas were issued in response to a revelation by Dr. Sam Foote, a retired Department of Veterans Affairs doctor, that patients had been placed on an...
  • The VAs 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...
  • Dont Nationalize the VAs 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. Im from England, and Ive 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 its not improving care. Its skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for observation care and likely shortening their lives. President Obamas Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a months 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 endand 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 cant 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 mannerand as many as 40 veterans allegedly died while languishing on the secret listis 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. Its 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 couldnt 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 isnt 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....
  • 12 Year old Girl with rare illness denied help by Tricare

    Twelve year old girl has brain tumor removed results in rare condition Tricare and Anthem, will not pay to treat.
  • What If No Doctor Will See You?

    12/14/2013 5:56:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    At this point we have no idea how many people will become newly insured under ObamaCare. For the first year out, the number of people with insurance may actually go down! But the administration's goal is to insure an additional 30 million people and eventually a lot of those people will acquire health plans. When they do, the economic studies predict that they will try to double their use of the health care system. Adding to this increased demand will be new mandated benefits. The administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a...
  • National Health SHAMBLES: Three damning reports describe mothers abandoned during labour

    12/13/2013 3:50:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | december 12, 2013 | sophie borland
    A quarter of new mothers said they were abandoned by their NHS midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of...
  • Many GP cancer referrals too slow, NHS England data suggests

    12/07/2013 6:24:16 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 7 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 12/7/13
    Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer are not being referred to specialists quickly enough by GPs, NHS England figures suggest. Under NHS targets, 95% of people with suspected cancer should be seen by a specialist within two weeks. But the data indicates that this target was missed in more than half of the 4,000 GP surgeries sampled. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government was tackling the "unacceptable variation". NHS England said the figures were not a clear measure of performance, as some patients did not have obvious symptoms. National performance data allows patients to...
  • Lose Insurance Under Obamacare, Speak Up, IRS Audits You

    11/29/2013 6:36:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/29/2013 | Ethel C. Fenig
    It was tragic that Bill Elliot of South Carolina was stricken with cancer; reassuring that his excellent insurance covered his expensive but medically advanced treatment and he was doing well. And then came another tragedy--in the form of an elitist, totalitarian, Know It All Government, almost worse than the cancer. The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, deemed Elliot's fine insurance policy unacceptable--probably because it didn't include maternity coverage--and offered him another policy with higher, "affordable" premiums that Elliot couldn't afford. As he told Megyn Kelly of Fox News, he didn't want to burden his family with the unaffordable affordable premiums so...
  • Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health!

    11/10/2013 9:18:21 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 4 replies
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | 8/20/2002 | Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D
    Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health! http://haciendapublishing.com/articles/socialized-medicine-cuba-2002-part-i-poor-state-health Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. Aug. 20, 2002 NewsMax.com Those who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero. But they should be! "Dengue! La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro," the title of his book, is one they should read. But they won't! For one thing, most of the admirers of Cuba's Revolution and her socialized system of medical care don't speak or read...
  • The NHS has reached its crisis point (UK state healthcare)

    11/09/2013 11:39:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:04 EST, 9 November 2013 | Mail On Sunday Comment
    For more than 65 years the National Health Service has occupied a sainted position in British life. Even the most radical, right-leaning Governments have hesitated before embarking on reforms which could be characterized by opponents as cuts. In recent years, however, the halo has slipped dramatically. Now, details from a secret report on Wexham Park Hospital have provided devastating confirmation. The report highlights huge structural problems, with a top-heavy cadre of bureaucrats spending their timeand our moneyfeuding with each other, against a backdrop of deepening financial problems and a chronic bed shortage. Shockingly, we have also established that...
  • Do not take all your patients to hospital, paramedics told

    11/10/2013 1:45:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/10/2013 | Laura Donnelly
    Paramedics will be told to take fewer patients to hospital as part of radical reforms of the NHS to be unveiled this week. A review led by the NHS medical director will call for sweeping changes to ease pressure on Accident & Emergency (A&E) units, and is expected to conclude that up to half of 999 calls should result in patients receiving care at home. Amid a growing NHS crisis, Prof Sir Bruce Keogh will say that the total number of A&E departments should not be reduced and may need to be expanded. However, his report is understood to...
  • Foreign NHS cheats push aside cancer patients: Fury as life-saving ops are canceled (UK)

    11/10/2013 1:48:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun, November 10, 2013 | Kirsty Buchanan
    Cancer surgery for legitimate patients is being canceled every week to make way for health tourists scamming the NHS. One of Britains most senior surgeons has condemned having to put bogus patients before those entitled to cancer care in a creaking health service. Professor J. Meirion Thomas has called on ministers to introduce a NHS passport to combat the abuse. It is so easy to breach the system. It is awful for me as a doctor to have to treat someone I know is ineligible, he said. Under NHS rules, any patient urgently referred by a GP for cancer surgery...
  • Pensioner left on end of life pathway for four days [begging for food & water]

    11/08/2013 4:08:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/8/2013 | Claire Carter
    The family of a pensioner who spent four days begging for food and water after he was placed on a controversial end-of-life programme have accused a hospital of treating him "like a dog". The family of Ron Jee claim the 80-year-old was put on a programme similar to the Liverpool Care Pathway. This involves the withdrawal of food, fluids and medication for terminally ill patients who often die within hours of being put on it. But they say he was treated like a dog after he spent four days on the end of life pathway when doctors said his condition...
  • Hospital was warned about cancer waiting list fiddling two years ago [Britain's NHS]

    11/07/2013 1:37:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 7, 2013 | Laura Donnelly and Hayley Dixon
    Two junior clerical workers say they told NHS managers that they were being ordered to falsify data, so that it seemed that patients were being treated far more quickly than was the case. Police are considering whether to launch a criminal investigation after regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found evidence that staff were put under pressure to falsify data, leaving some patients waiting up to four months for urgent treatment. The chief inspector of hospitals has said lives may have been risked by shocking decisions taken at Colchester Hospital University Foundation trust to delay crucial treatment for cancer patients,...
  • The Chronology of the Obamacare Lie

    11/07/2013 4:54:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | 11-6-13 | Kevin Jackson
    Americans have heard Obama pedantically touting his signature piece of legislation, his legacy aka Obamacare for over 4 years. What began as a firm promise, If you like your healthcare plan, youll be able to keep your healthcare plan has morphed to a conditional assurance, if you have, or had one of these plans, before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that planwhat we said was, you could keep it IF it hasnt changed since the law was passed.
  • Venezuelan health care system collapsing--The perils of government-run health care.

    11/06/2013 10:14:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on November 6, 2013 | by Steve Eggleston
    The Associated Press ran a surprisingly scathing look at the current state of health care in Venezuela, In a word, the whole system, and especially the parts run by the government as part of a 1999 constitutional mandate to provide free universal health care, is collapsing: Driving the crisis in health care are the same forces that have left Venezuelans scrambling to find toilet paper, milk and automobile parts. Economists blame government mismanagement and currency controls set by the late President Hugo Chavez for inflation pushing 50 percent annually. The government controls the dollars needed to buy medical supplies and...
  • New NHS chief could bring in paid-for, America-type healthcare, warns union head

    10/24/2013 2:40:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2013 | Theo Merz
    The NHS could become an American-style service paid for through insurance contributions following the appointment of a new chief executive, the head of health at the country's largest union has suggested. Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health, made the comments after Simon Stevens - a former advisor to Tony Blair who is currently an executive for a US private healthcare firm - was announced as the next head of the organisation. She said she was concerned about what the move could mean. Is this the Tory and Lib Dem Government hoping to import America-type values into the NHS, a sort...
  • The NHS makes people unhealthy, says rock legend Roger Daltrey

    10/21/2013 10:10:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/21/13 | Miranda Prynne
    Rock legend Roger Daltrey has questioned the effectiveness of the NHS claiming it encourages people to lead unhealthy lives because they know they will get free treatment. The Who frontman, who at 69 is still a picture of good health, said offering state-run free healthcare meant people did not bother looking after themselves. He said: We have this free NHS, which makes us take our health for granted and means we dont take responsibility for looking after ourselves. Most illnesses people suffer from are because of their lifestyles. His comments came just days after Labour peer Lord Warners dire warning
  • Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital

    10/14/2013 7:12:58 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 29 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10/13/2013 | staff
    A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.
  • Revealed: NHS hospital kitchens overrun by mice and cockroacheshow 3 in 4 break food hygiene rules

    10/13/2013 10:53:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 09:17 EST, 13 October 2013 | Rob Cooper
    Hundreds of hospital kitchens across the country are dirty, have cockroach and mice infestations or are stocking out-of-date food, a MailOnline investigation has revealed. Inspectors found that three-quarters of kitchens are flouting basic food hygiene rules while nearly a third were not properly cleaned. Six NHS hospitals had mice, two had rats, five had cockroaches and another hospital had an unspecified problem with pests. An analysis of 769 environmental health inspection reports revealed that 581 hospitals across Britain are breaking the rules.