Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Latest Skinny on the MVNHS©

Well, you knew it wouldn't be long before the Much Vaunted National Health System© went from referring its plus-sized patients to zoos to actively denying them urgent medical care:

"The NHS has been accused of rationing vital treatments after refusing to help ‘undeserving’ patients unless they lose weight"

That's right: the "health care" system that prescribes water to treat virtual epidemics of dehydrated hospital patients has decreed that care will be rationed according to weight (and other lifestyle issues). While that may, in fact, lead to healthier (and skinnier) Britons, there are a couple of real problems here:

First, today it's Death Panels based on weight and tobacco use. But tomorrow, maybe it's sexual orientation, or genetic testing results, or...well, you get the picture.

Second, it's one more (metaphorical?) nail in the "Nationalized Health Care is More Cost Effective" canard. After all, if these systems are so great, how come whatever (mediocre) care is available must be carefully doled out, lest the budget be broken?

Fat chance.

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