Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The UK's NHS hits just keep coming

The UK's National Health Service is often touted as a model for Government, or Socialized Medicine. NY Times columnist Paul Krugman has told us horror stories from the NHS are just made up lies.

Unfortunately for Mr. Krugman, the hits just keep coming from the NHS.

Here are a couple for your review. 31 year old Matthew Millington, a British Iraq War veteran, required a lung transplant due to a respiratory condition. He received it, but the NHS gave him the cancerous lungs of a man who evidently smoked 30-50 cigarettes a day. Matthew Milligan couldn't be given a second set of lungs, due to hospital rules, so he died of cancer. Story here.

Remember the story about being sentenced to death by the NHS? Here's a family living with the results:

A grandfather who beat cancer was wrongly told the disease had returned and left to die at a hospice which pioneered a controversial 'death pathway'.

Doctors said there was nothing more they could do for 76-year- old Jack Jones, and his family claim he was denied food, water and medication except painkillers.

He died within two weeks. But tests after his death found that his cancer had not come back and he was in fact suffering from pneumonia brought on by a chest infection.

To his family's horror, they were told he could have recovered if he'd been given the correct treatment. Full story here.

I appreciate the NHS in the UK continuing to prove the point that government run health care is the real "die quickly" plan, and hope people in the U.S. will increase their pressure on Congress not to implement it here.


vaincre said...

When will people learn? Perhaps when the disinformation against economic freedom is answered for the 9034987th time?

Andrew said...

The people who want to believe someone else will take care of them will never learn, they'll just keep looking for someone to be their parent.

The rest of us realize that handing anyone that much power means giving up liberty.

The politicians are exploiting that first group to get the power. If enough people wake up, we can keep that from happening.