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    The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money

    The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money

    The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.  The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money, too.

    In Britain, they have run out of other people’s money, so the National Health Service has cut back services.  According to this story in The Guardian, NHS cuts have affected patient care say four out of five doctors:

    Doctors cite hospital bed closures, pressure to give patients cheaper, slower-acting drugs, cuts to occupational health support, and reductions in community health services as examples of recent cost-cutting measures.

    Doctors.net.uk, a professional networking site to which almost all British doctors belong, asked medics: “Have cuts to staff and/or services affected patient care in your department, area or surgery during the last 12 months?” Of the 664 doctors who responded, 527 (79%) said yes and 137 (21%) said no.

    Among 440 hospital doctors, 359 have seen cuts, while 168 of the 224 family doctors said the same.

    The ultimate question though, is it “fair”?  Because if everyone is getting screwed, it’s a good thing, apparently.

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    “The problem with socialized medicine is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”

    Yes, but, Romnycare had the Feds to help and for Obamacare the Feds will keep printing or borrowing money.

    The reason that Greece et al have problems is that, being tied to the Euro, they cannot print more money.

    The UK can keep printing money but the conservatives must be tightening up the purse.

    Don’t think it can’t happen here, because it already is.

    Check this out:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,392962,00.html

    Key quote:

    “Since the spread of his prostate cancer, 53-year-old Randy Stroup of Dexter, Ore., has been in a fight for his life. Uninsured and unable to pay for expensive chemotherapy, he applied to Oregon’s state-run health plan for help.

    Lane Individual Practice Association (LIPA), which administers the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County, responded to Stroup’s request with a letter saying the state would not cover Stroup’s pricey treatment, but would pay for the cost of physician-assisted suicide.”


       
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      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Aarradin. | December 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

      I read that but that is not enough details to attach such a headline.

      Questions not answered -what stage cancer & to what organs . Radiotherapy & surgery are the most common treatments. If chemotherapy is being advocated then it must be very widespread.

      But standard chemotherapy is very cheap – most are out of patent. Some delivery advances eg central lines & pumps means little hospitization. But usually just a 3 week ly outpatient visit.

      There is a very new very expensive British drug used by the Libyan Lockerbie guy that has prolonged his life. (irony?).

      However if the prognosis is indeed <5% then hey that is pathetic odds & hello morphine.


     
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    GrumpyOne | December 30, 2011 at 4:11 am

    All of these countries that have socialized health care can, (well they think they can), do so because they benefit directly from the US defense umbrella.

    If we were to send ’em all a bill every year their policies would change in a hurry.

    Soooooo… Yes, it is someone else’s money, ours providing for their security.

    Time to stop the free ride…


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