Saturday, May 21, 2011

National Death Service - Now coming to a hospital near you !!!

Britain's National Death Health Service has a target date of treating all patients within 18 weeks. 

Yeah.  18 weeks.  In the U.S., we can grow a cotton crop within 18 weeks. 

Here's The Guardian:

New NHS performance data reveal that the number of people in England who are being forced to wait more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in the last year, while the number who had to wait longer than six months has shot up by 43%.

In March this year, 34,639 people, or 11% of the total, waited more than that time to receive inpatient treatment, compared with 27,534, or 8.3%, in March 2010 – an increase of 26% – Department of Health statistics show.

Similarly, in March this year some 11,243 patients who underwent treatment had waited for more than six months, compared with 7,841 in the same month in 2010 – a 43% rise.

Despite rising demand for healthcare caused by the increasingly elderly population and growing numbers of people with long-term conditions, the NHS treated 16,201 fewer people as inpatients in March 2011 compared to March 2010, the latest Referral To Treatment data disclose.

In other words, their government-run medical system is accomplishing less, and taking much, much longer to do it. 

Sound familiar?  Like the post office, the public schools, the department of motor vehicles, the federal government, the state government, the county government, and the city government?

If you feel a cold coming on, better get in line now. 


Hot Sam said...

I once had a beautiful red sports car, but the paint was fading in some areas and it had some rock dings. Painting the whole car would cost more than the car was worth.

I heard a weather report for a strong hailstorm, so the first thing I did was move the car out from under the carport. The second thing I did was make an appointment with the local body shop.

Well, the hail storm missed my part of the city (and my car), so I cancelled my body shop appointment. And that was with PRIVATE insurance.

Moral hazard + socialized care = ever increasing medical costs and expenditures.

When I lived in formerly communist countries, people would get in a line just because there was a line. Often they wouldn't know what they were queuing for. Nobody (except good economists) ever include the costs of waiting in line as part of the health care costs.

The Whited Sepulchre said...

Every now and then I succeed in explaining Moral Hazard. Depending on the person/group, the best way is as follows:

The government generally believes that the best safety device for a car is a seat belt.
Insurance companies generally believe that the best safety device for a car is a very sharp, 6 inch long knife projecting from the center of the steering wheel.

Which device would make you be more careful?

Craig J. Casey said...

Hospitals will have a hard time staying in business, as many as 1 in 6 could close thanks to Obamacare:

Anonymous said...

What is Obamacare, explained like you're a five year old: