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"It’s almost like losing a child"
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Unfortunately, coming out of the UK, NHS horror stories are becoming a dime a dozen. But if you ever wanted an example of the ugly side of the inevitable bureaucratic indifference which sets in within any large government program, this story provides the perfect outrageous anecdote.
 
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My. God.

I have no words for how much I hate the NHS right now...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I can’t believe the parent could write something that composed. After what happened the only thing that would be on my mind would be revenge and weapons.

It is, however, a cautionary tale for all of us because one must be vigilant with medical professionals and hospitals in the United States as well. My wife had 4 surgeries about 5 years ago and we were unrelenting in questioning and double-checking doctors and nurses about what they were doing; they were not always correct and more than once made decisions without our input or explaining the reasons behind them. You can never, ever count on doctors and nurses to be 100% committed to your care and 100% correct all of the time. They make mistakes too. Too many people put their lives and the lives of their loved ones completely in the hands of strangers. It’s a bad idea.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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My soon-to-be-8-year-old daughter is autistic and this is just terrifying and infuriating at the same time.
 
Written By: Richard
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If I was the parent then blood would flow. My letter to to editor would be pinned with a knife to someone’s chest
 
Written By: capt joe
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Mine would have been writen from prison...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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...this makes me so mad I can’t express myself other than to say, thank God we live in the US.

I’m with captjoe and Scott.

 
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This story is horrifying, but isn’t this an issue with health insurance providers as well? The insurer can deny coverage, regardless of who the insurer is.

And high deductible "catastrophic" coverage would have put the onus on the family for the tooth infection care... which they may have forgone until they realized it caused a serious issue.

I’m not trying to be snarky here, but I fail to see how this is specifically caused by NHS, or nationalized health care in a way that private insurance would solve.
 
Written By: Tito
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This story is horrifying, but isn’t this an issue with health insurance providers as well? The insurer can deny coverage, regardless of who the insurer is.
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While that may be "possible", this is actual. And there is no appeal or choice.
 
Written By: McQ
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but I fail to see how this is specifically caused by NHS
Because it was caused by staff at NHS - didn’t you read the part about the decisions they made? And the lying about taking the kid to ICU when they knew they weren’t going to? Eh? NOT caused specifically by NHS?

It’s not a theory of what might have happened with a private insurance company, don’t try to make this look even marginally acceptable by invoking "might have been", and "nothing is perfect" platitudes.
 
Written By: looker
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"put the onus on the family for the tooth infection care... which they may have forgone until they realized it caused a serious issue."
Aside from this being a ridiculous hypothetical, you’re apparently arguing that someone else should take responsibility for your care because you might not if you have a high deductible? You’re saying the only way you’ll promptly take care of yourself is if insurance covers the costs of care?

Part of the problem in the cited case is that the parent’s didn’t press the doctors enough to take appropriate action. I would have used a gun if necessary. I’d rather be in jail than have my child die needlessly.

 
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