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  • Our Sick Health Care System

    05/06/2017 8:52:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/06/17 | Ray DiLorenzo
    Single payor health care is coming, like it or not. Your hernia operation will have to wait a few months One way or another, we will have socialized medicine in this country. Politicians have raised and nurtured generations of people that expect something for nothing in exchange for votes. We have imported, legally and illegally, millions of uneducated, unskilled workers that can’t afford a band-aid. We have millions of students ‘graduating’ high school that can’t read, thus, unable to get a good job with health insurance. We have a health care system where the middle class is strapped with not...
  • GPs 'bribed' to NOT send patients for cancer tests: NHS pays millions for rationing hip ops…[UK]

    04/16/2017 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 20:08 EDT, 16 April 2017 | Sophie Borland and Rosie Taylor
    GPs are being paid millions by the NHS to ration referrals for operations, scans and even cancer tests, an investigation reveals today. Family doctors are being offered the financial incentives in a bid to slash the number of patients they send to hospital for a variety of procedures. The incentives mostly cover non-urgent referrals for hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, hearing tests and abdomen scans. But two health trusts have included urgent cancer scans in their schemes, and another two covered heart tests. Patient groups said the payments were ‘profoundly wrong’, while one MP likened them to ‘bribes’. Doctors’...
  • Republican Health Care Plan: Coercion and Redistribution

    03/10/2017 6:58:05 AM PST · by pgkdan · 37 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 03/10/17 | Terrence Jeffrey
    The Affordable Care Act was based on government coercion of individuals and redistribution of wealth. So, too, is the Republican plan to “replace” it. “An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month,” said Obamacare. This section of the law was clinically entitled: “Requirement to Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage.” It was not a choice the government offered individuals. It was a command. It said the “individual shall.” If the “individual” did not comply with this...
  • What happens when the doctors only take cash

    03/07/2017 7:18:50 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 64 replies
    Time ^ | 01/26/2017 | Haley Sweetland Edwards
    Sometimes called direct pay, and closely related to concierge care, this sort of business model was once seen as the perquisite of rich folks and medical tourists from foreign lands. But nowadays many of the people seeking cash-based care are middle-class Americans with high-deductible insurance plans. For a patient with an $11,000 family deductible, for example, it might make more sense to seek out a cash-based center like the Premier Medical Imaging facility in Minneapolis, which offers a basic MRI for $499, than to cough up the several thousand dollars that the same procedure generally costs at a traditional hospital....
  • Californians Rally for Single-Payer Health Care System

    02/24/2017 7:57:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 23, 2017 | Eric Scheiner
    KTXL reports that a rally was held in Sacramento, California Wednesday by proponents of a bill that would create a one payer health care system. Participants included health care unions and patients. Dr. Paul Song told KTXL, “If we make the system more efficient by having one payer, we can save billions of billions of dollars a year. Plus, we don’t really need to put any more money in - the money is there.” Bill co-author Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego says Californians shouldn’t have Washington dictate how healthcare is provided to its citizens. She tells KTXL, now that Californians...
  • Record numbers of cancer patients using crowdfunding to pay for private treatment not ...

    02/03/2017 7:46:15 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The number of cancer patients turning to crowdfunding to pay for treatments not available on the NHS has soared, online donation platform JustGiving said. Cancer patients and their loved ones launched 2,348 appeals on the website last year compared to 304 in 2015 - a seven-fold increase, the figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live reveal. The fundraisers generated Ł4,670,143 to help pay for private medical treatment at clinics in the UK and abroad, a significant rise from the Ł530,519 raised in 2015. Consultant oncologist Dr Clive Peedell described the number of patients bypassing the NHS as "very worrying" and...
  • Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will up

    01/29/2017 9:57:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 28, 2017 | Stephen Adams and Sanchez Manning for The Mail on Sunday
    FULL TITLE: Don't call pregnant patients 'mothers': Doctors are banned from using the word over fears it will upset those who are transgender NHS doctors have been told not to call pregnant women ‘expectant mothers’ because it might offend transgender people, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. The astonishing warning comes in official guidelines issued by the British Medical Association to its 160,000 members, which says mothers-to-be should be referred to as ‘pregnant people’ instead. The controversial advice to doctors in hospitals and general practice comes just weeks after it emerged that a Briton who was born a girl but...
  • The British National Health Service Is in Crisis: What Else Is New?

    01/15/2017 1:56:50 PM PST · by rey · 14 replies
    Liberty law Site ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Theodore Dalrymple
    One of the most curious political phenomena of the western world is the indestructible affection in which the British hold their National Health Service. No argument, no criticism, no evidence can diminish, let alone destroy, it. The only permissible criticism of it is that the government does not spend enough on it, a ‘meanness’ (with other people’s money) to which all the service’s shortcomings are attributable. In effect, the NHS is the national religion. Yet again, however, the NHS is in ‘crisis.’ The British Red Cross has called the present situation an incipient humanitarian crisis, as if the country were...
  • Germans go to doctor WAY too much, says insurer

    09/14/2016 11:16:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Sep 2016 15:34 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A health insurance company has said that Germans are going to the doctor twice as much as they actually need to. But doctors disagree. “We don’t have too few doctors, but actually too much contact with doctors,” KKH CEO Ingo Kailuweit told Bild on Tuesday. “Half of all doctor visits are unnecessary.” The OECD’s Health Statistics report for this year showed that Germans went to the doctor on average more than 18 times in 2008, while another OECD report showed that Germans visited the doctor about ten times each in 2013. This made Germans one of the top ten countries...
  • Obese patients and smokers banned from routine surgery in 'most severe ever' rationing in the NHS

    09/03/2016 9:39:13 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 115 replies
    Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale. Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
  • Canadian couple forced to live apart after 62 years

    08/26/2016 7:32:41 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 Aug 2016
    An elderly Canadian couple who have been married for 62 years have been forced to live in separate care homes... The couple, who have lived apart for eight months, cry every time they are able to see each other, she added. "We want everyone's focus to be on fixing the system rather than raising money and putting a band-aid on the issue."
  • NHS crisis plan to cancel operations and appointments as winter draws in

    08/22/2016 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/22/16 | Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
    Hospitals are to cancel thousands of operations and appointments in a desperate bid to stop the NHS "buckling" this winter, under Government plans. Health officials are drawing up contingency measures to attempt to safeguard emergency care by diverting senior doctors from operating theatres into wards and Accident & Emergency departments as winter sets in. The national plan, detailed in evidence to the Commons health select committee, comes amid concern that the NHS is already in the grip of the worst bed-blocking crisis on record. Last night, Britain’s most senior A&E doctor said hospitals were under such strain that a bad...
  • Cataracts? Just wear dark glasses, grandmother is told: Elderly patients being refused [tr]

    08/05/2016 5:49:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 5, 2016 | Sophie Borland and Emily Kent
    Elderly patients are being told by opticians to buy darker sunglasses as the NHS will not pay for life-changing cataract surgery Others have been informed they are not ‘entitled’ just because they had laser treatment on their eyes 16 years ago.
  • Obama calls for 'public option' for Obamacare

    07/12/2016 10:44:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2016 | Tami Luhby
    President Obama joined the chorus of Democrats calling for the creation of a government run health insurance program as Obamacare is facing growing problems. In an article published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the president called for Congress to revisit the "public option" for Obamacare in areas where few insurers offer coverage. "Some parts of the country have struggled with limited insurance market competition for many years, which is one reason that, in the original debate over health reform, Congress considered and I supported including a Medicare-like public plan," Obama wrote in the piece. A public...
  • DEMOCRAT LEGISLATORS ORDERED TO STEER CLEAR OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE HEALTH CARE DEBATE

    06/10/2016 6:40:38 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    Compass Colorado ^ | 9 Jun, 2016
    DENVER — A Colorado state representative and candidate for the state Senate recently revealed to The Denver Post that she and her colleagues are under strict orders not to take a public stance on the increasingly contentious debate on Amendment 69, the socialized medicine ballot measure that would double the state’s budget and drastically increase taxes. Rep. Lois Court, D-Denver, a candidate for Senate District 31, recently participated in The Denver Post’s Voter Guide, a biannual question-and-answer platform that the newspaper offers to all candidates running for state and federal offices in Colorado. In her answers, Court revealed a stunning...
  • John Oliver Buys $15M In Medical Debt, Then Forgives It

    06/06/2016 2:08:03 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 6, 2016
    "We can tell you about the growing problem of medical debt and how hospitals are suing thousands of patients for having the gall to be both sick and poor, or how debt collectors screw-up and use illegal tactics to get paid for debts they often can’t even prove that anyone owes. But that’s nothing compared to the site of a goofy English guy forgiving $15 million in medical debt he bought for pennies on the dollar. On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took a long, multifaceted look at the messy, shady world of debt collection and debt buying."...
  • Obamacare redistribution and the disincentive to work

    06/03/2016 9:40:23 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 01 June 2016 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    Reader WC Varones emailed an article he wrote on Obamacare and the Disincentive to Work. At the heart of the matter is a redistribution scheme that punishes the middle class the most, and the wealthy the least, for the benefit of the poor. “As awful as Obamacare has been at its purported goal of making health care affordable, it has been unquestionably successful at one of Obama’s other primary goals: the redistribution of wealth. Unfortunately, the poor design of the redistribution function is one of the reasons Obamacare is failing. As the Economist points out in “Healthy Dose of Redistribution“,...
  • VA Waits for Ailing Vets “Not So Bad” [semi-satire]

    05/28/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald rebuffed critics of the agency’s long queues for medical treatment of ailing veterans, comparing them to the long lines to get on rides at Disneyland. “No one is on the Disney Corporation’s case for the lengthy wait-times at their theme parks,” McDonald asserted. “Why should we get worked up over wait-times at VA hospitals?” “You know, if people can tolerate waiting an hour for something as frivolous as a roller coaster ride shouldn’t they be willing to wait a reasonable amount of time for something as crucial as medical care?” the Secretary...
  • No, The Public Doesn’t Suddenly Support Socialized Medicine

    05/18/2016 4:59:45 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/17/2016 | John Merline
    A new Gallup survey seems to suggest that majority of Americans now back government-run health care. That, at least, is what Gallup’s headline about its poll says: “Majority in U.S. Support Idea of Fed-Funded Healthcare System.” The mainstream press eagerly ran with the story. The Washington Post, for example, headlined its piece: “Poll: Most Americans want to replace ObamaCare with single-payer — including many Republicans.” The ABC News headline blared “Poll Says Majority of Americans Prefer ‘Medicare For All’ Health Care,” and the story led by saying that “A growing number of Americans now support the idea of federally funded...
  • Obama Health Care Regulators Are In A Last-Minute Frenzy To Do More Damage

    05/12/2016 4:11:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/11/2016 | Staff
    Regulations: Here’s a headline that should scare anyone who has been following ObamaCare: “As time runs out, the Obama administration races to reshape health care.” Hasn’t it done enough damage reshaping health care already?