Paging Dr. Krugman

NHS patients treated with cruelty and contempt.

Up to 1,200 patients are thought to have died over several years at Mid Staffordshire hospitals due to shocking care, which saw some resorting to drinking water from flower vases.

At Winterbourne View in Bristol, undercover reporters last year filmed grotesque abuse of vulnerable residents.

Mr Hunt said there was an “urgent need” to make managers accountable for poor care.

He said: “Most managers get this … but too many do not. Buried in spreadsheets they become blind to the realities of what is happening day on day inside their organisations.

It’s endemic: former midwife recounts tales of chaos, filth

And last month: Another British horror tale.

Here’s what Dr. Krugman promised New York Times readers back in 2009:

In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.

Our health system is a mess and I have yet to read a plausible scheme for fixing it, from either side of the political spectrum. So I don’t really care if Krugman is as clueless as the rest of us. I do find it annoying that regressives cheer ObamaKare the first step to their intended goal of a national, government ruled health care system, as a plan that’s going to improve matters. As Krugman himself might say, “those stories are false”.

Don’t get old, or sick, is the best advice I can think of.


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2 responses to “Paging Dr. Krugman

  1. Inagua

    The plausible scheme for improving health care is simple, follow the GI Bill of Rights model. GIs were given money (vouchers) to go to school or buy houses. The government didn’t go into or over-regulate the medical or housing business.

  2. Mazama

    “Don’t get old, or sick, is the best advice I can think of.”

    Yeh, and good luck suing the Federal government for malpractice, wrongful death, negligence or whatever once there is a one-payer (i.e., one source) medical system for everyone except the truly wealthy or current and former members of Congress.

    Ever notice that Ted Kennedy didn’t seek medical treatment in the “superior” systems he claimed existed in the UK or even Cuba*?

    *Pronounced “koo-bur” by JFK as older readers will recall.