Monday, January 28, 2008

Old or unhealthy? UK's Socialized Medicine says no free ride

Sweetness & Light offers yet another reason why Universal Healthcare is a road we ought not take:

From UK's Telegraph:

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.

£1.7 billion is spent treating diseases caused by smoking, such as lung cancer and emphysema

Fertility treatment and “social” abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.

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Among the survey of 870 family and hospital doctors, almost 60 per cent said the NHS could not provide full healthcare to everyone and that some individuals should pay for services.

One in three said that elderly patients should not be given free treatment if it were unlikely to do them good for long. Half thought that smokers should be denied a heart bypass, while a quarter believed that the obese should be denied hip replacements…

Believe me: I don't need additional reasons to oppose national health care (universal health insurance, socialized medicine, or any other euphemism for government provided health care). I produce such articles whenever I hear ranking politicians tell us that they'll bring us such a horrible idea in the hopes of waking up the people who would think Say, this is a good idea!



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