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  • Man Stuck in Mexico Hospital Because no Beds Are Available in London, Ont., Hometown

    02/28/2018 12:28:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 28, 2018
    '(Being) here is a nightmare and we feel so alone we can’t believe nobody can do anything for us'Stuart Cline, 71, in Mexico before he collapsed last week. One week after he collapsed in Mexico, Stuart Cline of London is fading fast, his family says — stranded in a foreign hospital because there are no available staffed beds in his hometown. The 71-year-old survived an initial fall that burst blood vessels in his brain. Mexican doctors even stabilized him enough to withstand an airplane flight Saturday back to Canada. But four days later, Cline is still in Mexico and his...
  • Democrats now embracing Sanders's 'Medicare for all' plan

    02/26/2018 8:06:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2018 | Rick Moran
    One of the most glaring signs that the Democratic Party has shifted even farther leftward since the 2016 election is in the way most Democratic candidates are embracing Senator Bernie Sanders's single-payer health care plan, which he calls "Medicare for All." As a candidate pushing this idea in 2016, Sanders was criticized by the Democratic Party establishment for proposing universal health care, telling voters it was politically unrealistic and a non-starter.  Hillary Clinton and congressional Democrats were proposing minor tweaks to Obamacare rather than overhauling the entire health care system. But the hard lurch to the left by Democrats, which...
  • Stephen Hawking to Take Hunt to Court Over NHS

    01/30/2018 11:41:07 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 January 2018
    A group of campaigners, including Prof Stephen Hawking, has been given permission to challenge a government health policy in the High Court. They will pursue a judicial review against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England over plans to create accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating hospitals, community services and councils. Campaigners say it risks privatisation, but this is denied by ministers. 'Radical changes' NHS England wants hospitals and other trusts to work closely with GPs and social care services to look after more patients in their communities rather than in hospital. In some...
  • Dad of 4 used steroids to bulk up and look good for wedding/honeymoon died after becoming addicted

    01/29/2018 9:50:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Mirror ^ | 1/29/2018
    A dad-of-four tragically took his own life after becoming addicted to steroids used to bulk up for his wedding. When Sarita Egan and her partner, Mark set a date for their big day in July 2013, the 35-year-old started taking steroids in the quest to look his best. But after their honeymoon, Mark struggled to kick the habit and found himself suffering from withdrawal symptoms. Realising he needed help, the normally happy mechanic, from Dublin, Ireland, got in touch with his local GP. But his wife claims he was stuck on the waiting list for help with addiction for two...
  • Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor for five hours as she waited

    01/16/2018 4:23:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Andy Wells
    Woman, 22, in agonising pain forced to use coat as pillow on floor of A&E for five hours as she waited for a bedA woman used a coat as a pillow as she lay on the floor of A&E in agonising pain for five hours as there were no beds available. Kyra Dew, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and was rushed to hospital last week after collapsing at home while she recovered from an operation. The 22-year-old, from Leominster, Herefordshire, started suffering stabbing pains on 10 January and mum Sandra drove her to Hereford County Hospital.
  • Norwegian citizen gets cancer treatment in U.S. [Norwegian government refuses to pay for it]

    01/14/2018 4:21:10 AM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    When Ivana Hollan, MD, came to Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in October 2015 as a visiting scientist, it was more than just a tremendous professional opportunity. For the rheumatologist, who is living with myeloma, traveling 3,500 miles from her Norway home to the Longwood Medical Area also put her next door to Dana-Farber – and close to cancer care that the Norwegian government has refused to pursue or insure due to its high cost. For this and other reasons, Hollan extended her academic appointments and began ongoing treatment at Dana-Farber’s Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center. Despite...
  • Single Payer Threat to Cancer Patients

    01/10/2018 1:27:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 10, 2018, | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    reast cancer kills 39% fewer women than twenty-five years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52% fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet. But watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government run healthcare. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren...
  • Britain’s single-payer health care crisis: NHS cancels 50,000 surgeries amid hospital chaos

    01/05/2018 8:31:40 PM PST · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 5, 2018 | Jana J. Pruet
    Britain’s National Health Service has ordered hospitals to cancel as many as 55,000 planned surgeries amid chaos from a spike in winter illnesses. Instructions on Tuesday from NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh called for “all but the most urgent cases” to be canceled until at least February, which includes closing outpatient clinics for weeks, The Telegraph reported. The jump in flu cases has come at a time when many hospitals had almost reached capacity, and according to The Telegraph, frail patients are “facing 12-hour waits and some units running out of corridor space.” Metro reported that hospital occupancy rates...
  • Theresa May FINALLY apologises for 55,000 cancelled operations after denying NHS was in crisis

    01/04/2018 4:58:04 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | January 4, 2018 | Nicola Bartlett
    Theresa May has apologised for delays to NHS operations, saying she knows it's "difficult", "frustrating" and "disappointing". The Prime Minister had previously denied the NHS was in crisis saying it was “better prepared for this winter than ever before”. The NHS was forced to enact emergency measures after hospitals failed to keep up with the high demand. This included cancelling an estimated 55,000 operations such as hip replacements were axed until February. Jeremy Corbyn said it was not 'good enough' when the 'Tory Government has caused this crisis'. He tweeted: "Nurses, doctors and patients are pleading with her to properly...
  • Third World Conditions’: UK’s Socialised Health Service Forced to Cancel Non-Emergency Operations

    01/03/2018 10:39:24 AM PST · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2018 | Liam Deacon
    Around 55,000 planned procedures are expected to be axed in a desperate attempt to free up beds, the Evening Standard reports. One senior doctor claimed that patients are being treated in “third world” conditions in some hospitals. Other NHS trusts have abandoned basic rules that state that men and women should be kept on separate wards and some patients are facing a 12-hour wait to receive Accident and Emergency care as hospitals run out of space. The emergency has been preceded by a growing flu crisis, and as of Tuesday, 12 NHS trusts covering millions of people have said they...
  • ‘It's insane': Ont. patient told she'd have to wait 4.5 years to see neurologist

    11/04/2017 11:44:59 PM PDT · by gasport · 48 replies
    CTVNews ^ | 11/3/17 | Sonja Puzic
    An Ontario doctor says health-care wait times have reached “insane” lengths in the province, as one of her patients faces a 4.5-year wait to see a neurologist. When Dr. Joy Hataley, a family practice anesthetist in Kingston, Ont., recently tried to send a patient to a neurologist at the Kingston General Hospital, she received a letter from the specialist’s office telling her that the current wait time for new patient referrals is 4.5 years. The letter said that, if the delay is “unacceptable” to Dr. Hataley, she should instead refer the patient to a neurologist in Ottawa or Toronto.
  • 9-month-old boy undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for a brain tumor is REJECTED coverage by...

    10/18/2017 7:57:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 18, 2017 | Jessa Schroeder For
    FULL TITLE: 9-month-old boy undergoing aggressive chemotherapy for a brain tumor is REJECTED coverage by insurance company who claims his treatment is 'unnecessary' An infant child suffering a rare brain tumor was rejected coverage after his insurance company deemed the treatment process to be 'experimental' and 'not medically necessary' in nature. The agency, HIP Health Plan of New York, addressed a letter to 9-month-old baby Connor, who was diagnosed with a teratoid rhabdoid - a tumor that affects the central nervous system and holds a low survival rate in children. After receiving the letter, baby Connor's heart-stricken father, Wayen Richardson,...
  • NHS Die: Experts' Fears 'Crumbling' Health Service Is at Risk of Keeling Over as Early as Next Year

    10/09/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Mirror ^ | 10 OCT 2017 | Martin Baggot
    Don't let NHS die on its 70th birthday: Experts' fears 'crumbling' health service is at risk of keeling over as early as next yearA damning report says the 'crumbling' health service is straining at the seams and could keel over as early as next yearThe report adds the crisis in social care has led to con­tracts being handed back to local authorities by private firms that say funding is insufficient to provide safe care. Campaigners blame devastating Tory cuts for the staffing crisis that resulted in NHS doctor and dentist vacancies rising by 40% in the past two years. Doctors...
  • Actress Jessica Chastain Insists Americans Have to Wait Six Months for X-Rays, Minutes for Guns

    10/04/2017 8:14:06 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 93 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 4, 2017 | Alex Griswold
    Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain insisted on Tuesday that it takes months to obtain an X-ray in America, compared to minutes to purchase an AR-15. Chastain is known for her roles in Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, and The Martian. In a tweet on Tuesday, she included the handle for her less popular pro-gun control movie Miss Sloane, which in December 2016 had one of the worst opening weekends of all-time. Jessica Chastain âś” @jes_chastain Welcome to America, where you'll wait 6 months for an X-ray but hey, you can buy an AR-15 in 5 minutes flat. Chastain was mocked by others,...
  • Bernie Sanders said in 1987, "single payer would bankrupt the nation."

    10/04/2017 6:55:22 AM PDT · by gattaca · 23 replies
    Intellectual Takeout ^ | Oct. 2, 2017 | Richard Kocur
    Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare for All' is Good for None (and Young Bernie Sanders Agrees) The good news in Sanders’s “Medicare for All” plan is that it has no chance of passing. Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled a single-payer healthcare plan called “Medicare for All.” Sanders titled his approach for nationalizing one-sixth of the American economy as “Medicare for All” in order to offer a template for his vision of the U.S. healthcare system. Unfortunately, using Medicare as the template for the nation’s healthcare system is a little like using the production model for the Lada, the “people’s car” of the...
  • Rand Paul: Trump will take executive action on healthcare after Senate failure [BFD!]

    09/28/2017 9:37:25 AM PDT · by catnipman · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/27/2017 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., predicted Wednesday that President Trump would soon move on his own to make health insurance more affordable, after the Senate failed again this week to advance any bill to reform federal healthcare policy. Paul he has been pitching the idea of using the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to let people buy insurance across state lines. That law already allows corporations to buy insurance across state lines for their workers if they are located in several states. Paul's idea is to let individuals form associations and do the same thing, and he said Trump administration officials...
  • Graham: Graham-Cassidy Will Get 50 Republican Votes, Plus ‘A Couple of Democrats’

    09/22/2017 7:40:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21,2017 | Ian Hanchett
    On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) predicted that the Graham-Cassidy bill will receive 50 Republican votes and votes from a few Democrats. Graham said, “I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never been more excited than I am right now. We need 50 votes to get this over the finish line. The president has been working like a tiger. The vice president, Mitch McConnell’s going to give us a vote. … And I can tell you this, if you want money and power out of Washington, you want to end the march to...
  • Irish hospitals ‘beginning to fail’, senior doctors warn

    09/17/2017 10:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 09/18/2017 | Martin Wall
    The Government needs to invest more than €5 billion in additional beds, equipment and infrastructure as there is now clear evidence acute hospitals are “beginning to fail”, senior doctors have warned. In a submission to the Department of Health, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) said the system was experiencing ever-increasing waiting lists for essential surgery while there had been a “collapse” in the elective or non-urgent output in acute hospitals. It warned key targets in relation to cancer care were also now being missed. The submission, sent last Friday, said the waiting time prior to the commencement of chemotherapy...
  • Medicaid for All Would 'Bankrupt the Nation,' Warns Bernie Sanders—In 1987

    09/15/2017 8:06:31 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | Sep. 14, 2017 3:00 pm | Peter Suderman
    Back in 1987, a much younger Bernie Sanders ... warned that expanding Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled, to everyone in the country would "bankrupt the nation." "If we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation." Medicaid, notably, is far less generous than Medicare, the health program for seniors that Sanders wants to expand. Medicaid's provider networks are narrower, and its benefits are generally more limited. It pays doctors quite a bit less than...
  • German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients

    08/28/2017 4:45:34 AM PDT · by Enchante · 44 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 28, 2017 | Geir Moulson
    BERLIN (AP) — A male nurse who was convicted of killing patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication is now believed to have killed at least 86 people — and the true scale of the killings could be even larger, investigators said Monday. Many of the deaths could have been prevented if health authorities had acted more quickly on their suspicions, said Johann Kuehme, police chief in the northwestern city of Oldenburg.