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U.K Palliative Care vs. American Cure

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The focus of American health care before the specter of Obama care came along has always been on finding a cure for whatever ails us.

With the onset of Obama care looming on the horizon, we in the USof A are faced with the prospect of a highly controlled, government mandated and government run health care system.

We are headed more in the direction of the UK health care system. The focus right now of the “UK health care  system” (that is by the way an oxymoron) is to fund palliative care at home rather than at hospital. The purpose of sending people home to die is to save money. Quite a bit of money, but nonetheless, the focus is to spend less by allowing their citizens to simply die at home.

As noted in the Telegraph article here, £180 million is the target for savings. One objective of the cost cutting measure is to ‘help’ another 60,000 people die at home by the year 2021.

Call me crazy if you will, but I keep going back to the premise of Hippocrates. “Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.” and another thought I had was why spend so much on helping folks die instead of trying to give them at least a small nudge in the direction of health?

A quote from the article linked above:

  • The British Heart Foundation described the review as “an important first step” in improving care for the dying, while John Healey, the Shadow Health Secretary, said it was “a huge opportunity”.

OK, that’s nothing which I want to hear from a politician on this side of the Atlantic. Any time a poly-tickian or group of poly-tickians (many ticks) begin waxing ecstatic over finding a way to help the citizens ‘move on’ I really have to question their motives. Nor, I will add, is it a proper avenue of thought for a public servant to take a leisurely stroll down.

In the context of helping people die, I am firmly opposed to a politician using the term “a huge opportunity”. It sends the wrong message to his constituency. I would also suggest that it could be considered tacky and  poor manners in some cultures (such as mine) to wish a person “Happy dying dudemeister”.

I believe I prefer the previous system in America. A system where if we are sick, a doctor tries to cure the patient.


Written by Gar Swaffar

July 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

Posted in Re-Thinking

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  1. Oh you silly person, “I believe I prefer the previous system in America. A system where if we are sick, a doctor tries to cure the patient.” Don’t you know we are past that now? Why the U.S. has come of age and realizes that government is the answer. Where you been, Gar, under a rock? Why if it has never worked in the past, so what? THIS IS AMERICA. We can do anything at any time.

    Put your fears to rest. ‘We shall overcome’ all the shortcomings and what’s coming is … egads don’t want to think about it.

    Mrs. AL

    July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    • I think I must have bumped my head. I’m going to the doctor now.

      Gar Swaffar

      July 8, 2011 at 4:44 am

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