The “best health care in the world” now refers patients to homeopathic medicine

Former Enron adviser and NY Times columnist Paul Krugman thus described the British National Health  Service. Well not only is the NHS now rationing operations, it is referring patients to homeopathic practitioners. Kids go deaf, diabetics lose their eyesight, cripples are denied hip replacements  and the rest of the citizens are referred to quacks who practice a “medicine” that even that most liberal of organizations, Consumer Reports, calls a crock of s***.

It’s fine if Whole Food housewives want to buy homeopathic medicines because, when their kids get truly sick, they can just cart them off to a hospital with real doctors. But if you’re English, and your only choice is to drink a bottle of sterilized water with a single (claimed) molecule of what ails you, you’re friggin’ doomed. This is the future Krugman and Obama have in mind for us.

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17 responses to “The “best health care in the world” now refers patients to homeopathic medicine

  1. Sebastian

    Europe is in the crapper. US the same. Thank God (not). I’m in Chile right now (beautiful, not socialist country)

  2. It’s worse than that. Obama, Krugman, and the other evildoers are CONSCIOUSLY plotting to destroy absolutely everything that makes life worth living. When they get out of bed each morning, their first thought is, How can I maximize the damage to human happiness and health?

    By the way, CF, do you remember making a similar argument almost two years ago? I asked you then what the “life worth living” essentials were, and you said, Give me some time to think about it, LLS.

    Had enough time?

  3. Roger Kaputnik

    You are just homeo-phobic.

  4. greenwich dude

    CF:

    agreed this is a bad state of affairs. homeopathy to treat illness is absurd. homeopathy to try to improve wellness is a harmless lark (mostly). the uk can’t afford the kind of care we have access to here in the u.s. of a.

    unfortunately neither can we

  5. Inagua

    LLS – What makes life worth living is different for each person. For one person it might be a government job with lots of time off, no chance of being fired, good health insurance, and a good pension. For another person, it might be the opportunity to run a small business like a real estate brokerage and operate a popular and successful blog, while being individually responsible for both his own health care and retirement planning.

  6. Inag,

    Do I detect a fistful of digs in your previous message? Ouch!

    What I was hoping for a couple of years ago, when I asked CF a question about “what makes life worth living,” was a starting point for a civil discussion. Once ideology enters the picture (Dems/Libs vs GOP/RW; Obummer vs Dubya; etc.), the chance for a civil discussion plummets.

    The reason I keep hoping against hope for a civil chat is that such a chat might lead in who-knows-what direction, whereas the ideological messages–from various parties–are oh-so-predictable and unproductive.

  7. Inagua

    LLS – No digs. It is simply a fact that some people are more independent than others. There is no right answer for each person in the trade off between security and independence. More dependent people generally tend to find jobs that provide a higher level of security.

    With respect to civil discourse, you seem to be asking why liberals are generally rude, humorless, rude, deceitful, closed-minded, and unpleasant. It is just a guess, but I suspect that it stems from being wrong about everything all the time.

  8. I lived in England for 3 years. Anybody trying to sell NHS as a good example of good nationalized healthcare is selling you snake-oil.

    We are still having the “death panel” debate here in the US because we have not fully accepted, as a culture, the idea that at some point, you are too old to be worth the cost of helping you. In the UK, it’s largely accepted that if you are too old and not rich, you will not be expecting expensive life-saving procedures. And yes, I realize my opinion is merely from my anecdotal evidence. But it’s what I learned while there.

    Here’s an example of NHS care:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1390925/Elderly-patients-dying-thirst-Doctors-forced-prescribe-drinking-water-old-alive-reveals-devastating-report-hospital-care.html

  9. Daniel

    With health care, as with most government programs, until you get rid of the overlap of responsibility there will be no cost savings. When those in favor of national health care decide to do away with the VA hospitals, state medical programs and county programs, then they are on to something. Administration is what is killing us money wise. And that includes Big Poverty, Big Education and Big Medicine

  10. I completely agree with what nooneofanyimport has to say about needlessly prolonging life for those who will never recover. Apparently the economics of doing so has forced the UK health system to “see the light,” so to speak.

    Would that it were so here in the U.S.

    I speak from personal experience, having watched my mother (who had the means for the “best” care possible) and my in-laws (who didn’t) slowly decline into decrepitude.

    My mother, already weakened by years of doctor-prescribed Prednisone, became a testing ground for a world-famous surgeon at Mass General who performed two unnecessary operations on her. She was 74. Days after surgery, he was unavailable, having flown across the globe to another spotlight in which to glow. My mother was left, barely alive, on a feeding tube, on a gurney in ICU, until she had withered eight months later into a corpse-like shell — at which point, death was a longed-for blessing.

    My in-laws, on the other hand, suffering from Alzheimer’s, progressed to their final destination in a nursing home. Their four sons were able to secure one of the nicer ones nearby; still, it was a demoralizing end to this once wealthy, vibrant, exceedingly attractive couple who had just celebrated their 50-year anniversary. What finally killed them were the “healing” drugs administered by the staff and dehydration. The blessing is they died within six months of each other.

    I remember my mother, in her prime, saying to me: “When the time comes, shoot me.” The problem is that when the time comes, one is often too ill to take matters in hand. One loses advocacy, thus becoming helpless at the hands of others.

    My mother chose her own demise, putting absolute faith in surgeons, though we offered her hospice. Perhaps that is the problem. Surgeons and doctors can do good, but they are not God.

    • Delving, I loaded my father’s .45 at his request on his last night on earth. It’s a hell of a position for a child, trying to decide between honoring our parents’ wishes and well, whatever.

  11. AsISeeIt

    WOW, Delving
    I have seen the Senseless torture caused by Doctor-Do-Good at the request of patients and family under the false hope that medicine can bring miracles. Hospice and palliative care need to be part of every man’s acceptable medical options.
    My last visual should be peaceful, not an intern jumping on my chest trying to punching my heart into submissive beating.
    But what fear will grip me at the final door. I guess that’s why one should have a medical directive written before the time comes.

  12. CF,

    I thought of you when I wrote that line my mother used to toss about in her heyday. Her request for us to shoot her was of course a metaphor (we didn’t own a gun) for going out the way Jackie O did — on her own terms, with some nice drugs to ease the way. When the actual time came and we offered my mother that “out,” she wouldn’t take it.

    I admire your father for having the strength to end his life on his terms. I admire you more for helping him do it — and for cleaning up the morning after. That’s true devotion and incredibly brave.

  13. You have my deepest sympathy. I commiserate and agree.

  14. second-to-last liberal standing

    “We treat dogs better than we do our elders.”

    Says the blogger supporting the Tea Party’s campaign to cut Medicare.