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But there will be no death panels

That’s what we’ve been assured would never exist if government is in charge of your health care and paying all costs.

That, of course, in the face of a promise to lower health care costs as well as the fact that the vast majority of health care spending takes place at the end of life.  Forget those conflicting points, death panels will never happen because, well because the left says so. 

Incentive?  Well that’s sort of a foreign word to the left so forgive them if they don’t understand that those two dueling points above provide incentive to end lives whether or not they’re willing to call it the result of death panels or not.

The example?

Well the good old British NHS of course

Shocking news from England today has top NHS officials indicating doctors acting in the UK government-run health program annually kill as many as 130,000 patients prematurely because of overcrowding at hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes.

In fact they even have a name for doing that – the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Sounds so … benign.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country. It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours. There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Or, in other words, the government and doctors playing God.  And, naturally, it has devolved into something done often just for the medical caregiver’s convenience:

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’. He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

Nice.  LCP’d because they put what must be considered excess demands on the staff.  But look at the bright side – costs are cut, an less expensive patient can take the bed and everyone is happy.

Except the dead bloke and his family.   But, it’s not a “death panel”:

In the example he revealed a 71-year-old who was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia and epilepsy was put on the LCP by a covering doctor on a weekend shift.

Professor Pullicino said he had returned to work after a weekend to find the patient unresponsive and his family upset because they had not agreed to place him on the LCP.

‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance,’ he said.

‘His seizures came under control and four weeks later he was discharged home to his family,’ he said.

Instead it’s just a “death pathway” protocol.  So nothing to see here, citizen, move along.


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8 Responses to But there will be no death panels

  • People in markets decide how to allocate their scarce resources (and all resources are scarce in the definition of economics).
    Where you suspend the market, RATIONING is a mandatory component of resource allocation.
    This is a hard and fast rule.  I challenge anyone to show an exception.

  • Good thing we were spared having that idiot snowbilly as Vice President. Unlike our current Vice Genius, she never knows what she’s talking about.

  • My sister Debbie was on SSI disability. A month ago she went to the ER presenting a high fever and back pain and was sent packing without any testing whatsoever. She returned two more times and was again refused treatment, the forth time her case worker demanded they treat her. She was diagnosed with a staff infection that had turned sepsis, she was given 48 hours to live. She didn’t make it that long. I watched her die. We buried Debbie last Friday, she orphaned a 15-year-old boy.
    Bastards are going to pay.

  • In the medical field and heard a neurosurgeon a few months back talking about what his professional society could parse out of the new healthcare law.  Surprise!  Turns out that if you’re over 70 and have a stroke, you get ‘comfort care’.  So Ms. Sebelius has decreed that when you are 69 years and 364 days old, you apparently are still a taxpayer worth saving.  After that, well…