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.”