NHS rationing ‘is denying patients care’ as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian-December 2015

I have no doubt we are heading to some new form of a new national health care scheme. It will take some time, but it’s coming.

In the meantime, let’s take a deep breath and sort fact from fiction. The M4A of Sen Sanders is pure fiction. The promises of better health care and lower costs and the assumptions that are part of a campaign promoting M4A are largely fiction. Below is one example of reality.

Yes, the British NHS works, yes it is popular and it delivers health care to all UK citizens. But the fact is just like in the US, it struggles with increasing costs. It struggles at times with limited resources and physician shortages. There are many aspects of the NHS system that are perfectly acceptable if you know no other system, but that many Americans would find upsetting.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the propaganda that is coming at you in the months ahead.

Patients are being denied mental health care, new hips and knees, and drugs to boost their recovery from illnesses including cancer as the NHS increasingly rations treatments to try to overcome its growing cash crisis.

A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery.

Disabled children were having to use ill-fitting wheelchairs, teenage girls were banned from accessing medication to tackle male-style hair growth and women had been unable to access surgery to have breast enlargements or reductions as a result of growing restrictions across England, the research concluded.

Source: NHS rationing ‘is denying patients care’ as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian

But you can always buy private health insurance.


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