Sunday, April 8, 2012

NHS Denies Life-Saving Treatment to The Elderly

This is the socialized system liberals are trying to bring into the country. If I did not know any better, I would think of this as some sort of death panel.

The truth of the matter is that unless the system you create lowers healthcare to the lowest common denominator (read, socialized medicine), there will always be some form of treatment that is out of reach for the masses and only available to a select few. The difference between a government controlled socialism system and a capitalist system is two fold. First, the free market model creates a trickle down where the richer people paying increases the supply of the treatment bring the cost down to levels where everyone can afford it. Second is the controlling force or who makes the decision on who gets the newest treatment or the treatment for which there is not yet enough to go around. The government controlled socialism system gives the government the power to make that decision (read, death panels), while the capitalist system gives individuals that power and chance through their own actions.

"When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat.

Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age.

His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms.

Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery he needed — and as a result his cancer was actually cured. Four years on, he is a sprightly 82-year-old who works out at the gym, drives a sports car and competes in a rowing team.

‘You could call his recovery amazing,’ says Michele, 51. ‘It is certainly a gift. But the fact is that he was written off because of his age. He was left to suffer so much, and so unnecessarily.’

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