What Will Hospital Care in the U.S. Be Like Under a Single-Payer, Government Run System?


If Barak Hussein Obama is reelected, as unfortunately certainly seems almost inevitable, Americans should prepare themselves for a healthcare system similar to the National Health Service in the United Kingom.

For an instuctive comparison, look at the English National Health Service. As recently reported in two studies, one by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the second in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety journal, poor hospital care is “needlessly killing 1000 NHS patients a month.” The studies concluded that all of these deaths were preventable and most occured because “hospital staff made wrong diagnosis or gave out wrong drugs.” Something was amiss with care given to 13 percent of the patients who died in hospitals.

The approximate population of the United Kingdon in 2011 was 62,000,000. 1,000 needless deaths a month equal 12,000 shameful deaths a year, for an incidence rate of 0.12 percent , or one per every 5,167 persons. According to reliable statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources, the Medical/Pharmaceutical industries already rank as the third largest cause of death in America.

Is there any reason at all to think that under the type of Obamacare as fully envisioned, the rate will be better in coming years in this country? Given the latest U.S. population estimate of 314 million, a comparable statistical result would be nearly 61,000 preventable deaths in hospitals alone each year.

Combine this all-to-foreseable future with a culture that sees the elderly as expensive burdens and a drain on society, evident in prevalent ageism in hospital care, the obvious heavier use of Medicare/Medicaid resources with an aging population, and the progressives who want to cut Medicare by $500 billion in 2013.

Then you will have what Cardinal Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor recently noted  as a serious societal problem, saying “When society only sees age as an expensive inconvenience, a threat to resources and lifestyles, it no longer sees a person but a problem.”  He went on to warn of “a tendency to view human beings as a ‘product’ or a ‘commodity’   resulting in people ultimately being viewed as disposable. Instead of regarding the elderly as a source of value in their own right, a resource for families and communities especially in an increasingly fragmented social and cultural world, we view them as a problem or a threat.”

Putting Things in Perspective

The recent theatre shooting in Montana provided
additional fodder for Second Amendment foes in America. It
might be worth viewing this tragedy in perspective to other
senseless deaths taking place not only in hospitals from the
attendant dangers discussed in this blog, but also in light of the
far larger problem of needless deaths from the medical
establishment in all areas of life.

Please note: Nothing in this blog is meant to belittle the tragedy
of these mass shootings. However, when President Obama
talks about the many deaths of children from guns, statistics
from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report
on accidental deaths from all causes in one year gives the
following data for accidental deaths of children under 15:

Accidental gun deaths: 50
Drowning: 927
Burns: 615
Falls: 120
Cycling: 173
Motor Vehicles: 2605

Yet there are no calls to prevent young people from swimming,
bicycling, or riding in automobiles.

Using statistics from the FBI Crime Reports as well as individual
state reports, John R. Lott, Jr., in More Guns Less Crime (3d
ed., p. 265), reported on the impact of right-to-carry guns laws on
violent crime rates between 1977 and 2005 and found these
results: 12.8% decrease in murders, 12.2% decrease in rapes,
2.1% drop in robbery, and 13.6% fewer cases of aggravated
assault. Instead of focusing on controlling guns, why does no
group focus on controlling medical errors?

For years, scientific studies have pointed out the U.S. medical
establishment as being one of the leading causes of death in
this country even though this knowledge is not generally
promulgated to the public. Latest figures put the
medical/pharmaceutical industries as the third leading cause of
death in the U.S.. A new video brings the comparison home in a telling
way.

Mike Adams, called the “Health Ranger” produced a mini-
documentary, “Why Doctors Are More Dangerous than Guns
that, using CDC data, avers, “you are 6200% more likely to be
killed by your doctor than by a homicidal shooter.”

“FDA-approved prescription drugs kill 290 Americans every
single day, meaning that for mass shootings to approach that
number, you’d have to see a Colorado Batman movie
massacre take place EVERY HOUR of every day, 365 days a
year.”