Friday, January 9, 2009

Starved to death in an NHS hospital

A vulnerable patient starved to death in an NHS hospital after 26 days without proper nourishment.
Martin Ryan, 43, had suffered a stroke which left him unable to swallow.
But a 'total breakdown in communication' meant he was never fitted with a feeding tube.

Emma Kemp, 26, was denied cancer treatment that could have saved her life, while 30-year-old Mark Cannon died two months after being admitted to hospital with a broken leg.

Three other cases followed similar patterns, with warnings ignored or problems missed until it was too late, often because the patients had difficulty communicating.

Ann Abraham, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, is expected to deliver a withering verdict in her report.

Socialized medicine anyone? Read the article. This is what you can expect if we are taken to a National Health Care System.


Anonymous said...

Lets not crow too loudly about our great American health care system:

Nataline Sarkisyan was a 17-year-old from Northridge, CA diagnosed with leukemia. She died Thursday, December 20, 2007 hours after a nationwide protest caused her insurance company (CIGNA) to reverse its previous denial of coverage for a liver transplant.

CIGNA originally declined to pay for the liver transplant because the plan did not cover "experimental, investigational and unproven services."

Mark Geragos, attorney for Nataline's family, has stated that Cigna "maliciously killed her" and that her family is planning to press murder and/or manslaughter charges against Cigna HealthCare for their daughter's death.

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday.

A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him.

If his mother had been insured.

If his family had not lost its Medicaid.

If Medicaid dentists weren't so hard to find

(By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)

I really like this one:

Anyone can get health care in the United States. Just ask George W. Bush. Last year in Cleveland, he had this to say to the 47 million Americans without health care coverage:

"I mean, people have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room."

Anonymous said...

LOL! You're proud of this Countries health care system?!

We are ranked 37th in overall performance and 72nd by overall level of health.41st in the world for lowest infant mortality rate, and 46th for highest total life expectancy.

We are 1st for the most expensive Health care system in the world, and we are the only Industrialized Nation on the planet without a universal health care program.

D.D. The system you so proudly proclaim as so good is a suck ass pathetic embarrassment to us all. It works great, as long as we're healthy, not so well when we finally get sick. I can't wait to splurge all my retirement savings on health care.

You find one kid that dies in Europe, and compare it to what we have?

We're #1! At sucking! Go U.S.A.

OkieRover said...

Moving our health care system to a STATE SPONSORED system will NOT fix the problems.

Socialized medicine is not the fix. Insurance reform is the first direction we should move. Tort reform would be the next. From that would be a change in the cost of medicine that is unrealistically high due to INSURANCE and a reduction of the cost of services from medical professionals.

Where IN ANY POST did I say what we have is the "best in the world" or even in the top 10? What I've said from the beginning of DDDN is that socialized medicine is bad.

Do not misconstrue my disdain for SOCIALIZED MEDICINE with any perceived cheerleading for our current system.

I have it on good authority from my German friends that they have a great system. It is socialized but you never hear the horror stories that come out of Canada or Great Britain about poor care. Do things like that happen, probably, but they liked that part of living in Germany.

Could America have a German cloned medical system? I'm not sure Americans are willing to pay the level of taxes to have that. Remember that the expense is not upfront when you have socialized medicine. You will see it in the reduction of your take home salary.

And you get to pay for all the stupid people who smoke themselves into hundreds of thousands of dollars of cancer treatment. You get to pay for liver transplants for alcoholics that destroyed the one they started with. I'm not terribly excited about that.

But social responsibility is a discussion for another post.

Anonymous said...

What's really strange is that we pay more for our health care system than any Country on the planet, tax wise, and personally.

I don't see how we are saving more money in taxation when we pay more for it. Do you?

Universal health care = a healthier society, which makes for a cheaper system to manage. Do you think we as taxpayers don't pay anything? You need to look at some facts about just how much we already pay.

OkieRover said...

I know we already pay for healthcare and I know we pay for a form of socialized care in each of our states.

I can tell you though in my situation my employer pays my care and my children's care as part of my compensation.

If we were able to drop everything tomorrow and start a universal system. My employer would pass those expenses on to me in the form of PAYROLL TAXES. I would get a cut in pay immediately plus have the added expense.

Now if my employer was fair about it, I would perhaps get to keep the compensation but I wouldn't hold my breath for that.

When I commented that American's wouldn't like the taxes for healthcare I was speaking to the general opinion of most Americans that "taxes are bad" and more taxes are worse.

I pay about 25% (maybe less) in taxes now on my payroll. Of course that's an estimate. But isn't anything close to the 50% workers in England and Germany pay for taxes on their payroll. American's will not accept that no matter how good it is for all Americans.

I didn't say I wouldn't like paying for universal care. And I don't care if it is more or less than now as long as IT DOESN'T CHANGE. I like going to my doctor and getting care the next day. I like picking the hospital of my choice. I like going to a specialist of my choosing.

I do not want to wait for a month to have an operation I can have today scheduled at my leisure. In my current situation I can hire the most competent doctor and expect good to excellent care. I would not like to be in the situation of getting the run around, or substandard care or taking what I get with the doctors.