The British Solution to Hospital Problems
Given what the U.S. is facing as ObamaCare phases in—cogently described in a recent column by Karl Rove titled “Obama plays Truthor Dare with your health care,” a new solution proposed for the British National Health Service may be just the thing for the U.S.
First, the reality of ObamaCare as highlighted by Rove but supported by independent studies:
The Promise: “Premiums for an average family of four should drop by $2,500 per family by 2010.”
The Reality: Average family premium before ObamaCare = $13,375. Average family premiums in 2012 = $15,745, an 18 percent increase [2012 Employer HealthBenefits Survey].
The Reason: “Premiums are rising fast for precisely the reason ObamaCare critics predicted: the health care act includes so many mandates and requirements that make insurance much more costly.”
The Promise: No raise in taxes for any family making less than $250,000 a year.
: $525 billion dollars in new taxes in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) including medical devices, drug companies, hospitals and providers. Does anything think these corporations and organizations will pay the taxes themselves? Congressional Budget Officer Director Douglas W. Elmendorf
said, in a letter to Senator Evan Bayh on November 30, 2009, that “. . .
those fees would be largely passed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums for private coverage.
: President Obama, in a speech at Arcadia University Glenside
, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2010,
said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. But I can tell you, as the father of two young girls, I don’t want a plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor. So we’re going to preserve that.”
“The research estimates that if these patterns continue, 44,250 full-time-equivalent (FTE) physicians will be lost from the workforce in the next four years. The survey also found that over the next one to three years, more than 50 percent of physicians will cut back on patients seen, work part-time, switch to concierge medicine, retire, or take other steps likely to reduce patient access. In addition, should 100,000 physicians transition from practice-owner to employed status over the next four years (such as working in a hospital setting), the survey indicates that this will lead to 91 million fewer patient encounters.
Now, can any reasonable person expect healthcare coverage to improve in the U.S. as we follow the path of the British National Health Service, whose emerging scandals in hospital services particularly expose the shame of nationalized medicine?
But, there is hope and a possible solution for U.S. seniors. The latest solution proposed in Britain to reduce the dangers of hospitalization (and the cost), particularly for elderly patients, is brilliant! Turn over care for hospital patients to family members—improving care and cutting costs at the same time! As an article in the Telegraph
reports, “Family members could be put in charge of caring for sick relatives in hospital if plans to roll out “patient hotels” get the green light, it has emerged.”
“Under the plans, based on a model adopted in Scandinavia, relatives could be expected to take time off work to provide care and stay in the hospital overnight if necessary. Patients without anyone to look after them could treat themselves under a “self service” system and for the first time non-medical staff would oversee this care. The move would potentially save the NHS billions each year.”
Oh Brave New World indeed . . . .