Welcome To Socialized Medicine--posted by Tony Garcia on 11/01/2012
There is no question that Obamacare is a giant step towards socialized or state-controlled medicine. Proponents think that this will be the first program run by the federal government that is run well or that is even not a failure. They also feel that our entire healthcare system's viability is less important than the steps towards a socialist or communist or Marxist nation are and therefore such a large step towards that end is acceptable even at the risk of serious threats to individual safety.
Well, this is one of the destinations that the Obamacare train is heading towards.
Payments to hospitals for putting people "on the path to death".
At many hospitals more than 50 per cent of all patients who died had been placed on the pathway [towards death] and in one case the proportion of forseeable deaths on the pathway was almost nine out of 10.90% of the deaths in one hospital were intentionally killed. Why? So they could get money from trusts tha provide funding for hospitals that hit "pathway to death" targets.
According to responses from a sample of 72 trusts, at least £12.4 million has been paid out in the past two to three years to trusts which hit targets associated with use of the care pathway. But the full figure could be more than £20 million.And to think that when (not if) we reach that point that we would be different is to be kidding yourself pretty badly. Sure, I know, we would have laws and regulations. We have campaign finance laws that we don't make Presidential candidates follow. We have traffic laws that most people regularly ignore. Wall St, pshh-shaw, they are chock full of insider trading laws and that is still a problem.
Besides, the Brits have standards to follow regarding the Pathway To Death and look how that is working out.
Protocols say that doctors should consult the patient, if possible, and their families.And think about the decision tree administrators face. Millions and millions of dollars of funding if we put this patient on the Road To The Grave (we would have a different name, right?). But the family might say No. Let's notify them late, backdate the letter and blame it in the Postal Service.
But the system has been mired in controversy amid claims that it can actively hasten death.
A series of cases have also come to light in which family members said they were not consulted or even informed when food and fluids were withheld from their loved-ones.
In some instances patients placed on the pathway because doctors judged that they were nearing the end of their life went on to recover.
It is a philosophy of health that would make me want to know how close to the fiscal year end a hospital is before I decide on leaving a loved on in one hospital over another one. Or if they all become state run then we all would want to make sure we are not in the hospitals during August or September (the final months of the federal fiscal year).
Congratulations socialists shoving Obamacare through. Here is a glimpse into what we have to look forward to. Hope you enjoy it. And Karma being the way it is, wouldn't it be ironic if most supporters have to deal with the failures to be notified? Wouldn't it be poetic justice if the strictly financially motivated decisions hit the Obamacare pushers right in the face.
All that could be said at that point is, "Be happy, you got the system you asked for."