Hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal are among operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money.

Two-thirds of health trusts in England are rationing treatments for “non-urgent” conditions as part of the drive to reduce costs in the NHS by £20bn over the next four years. One in three primary-care trusts (PCTs) has expanded the list of procedures it will restrict funding to in the past 12 months.

via Cataracts, hips, knees and tonsils: NHS begins rationing operations – Health News, Health & Families – The Independent.


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As for me, I’m not sure I like playing the role of a guinea pig in a vast social experiment.


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There are a lot of reasons not to like a single-payer health care program, but look at this from this WCAX report:

The bill that passed the House sets up what’s called an insurance exchange. Vermont is using the one already working in Massachusetts as a model. Residents there go online to buy their insurance coverage from a government-run site where they can compare prices and plan features. The federal health reform law says every state must have an exchange in place by 2014.

“What we are proposing in Vermont is that this be the mechanism through which most Vermonters purchase health insurance in order to realize administrative savings and simplify and make more comprehensible how you choose health insurance options,” said Anya Rader Wallack, the special assistant to the governor on health care.

But then we read this…

…in 2014 they [interviewed family] will still get their coverage through their employer. But most employers will have to choose from private plans selected by the state.

The insurance exchange is touted as offering consumers a choice in selecting our health insurance, and yet the state (or this yet-to-be-named Jedi Council of a health board) will be selecting who we get to select from. Are the consumers really the ones making the choice?

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So just over 25% of the doctors who participated in this survey said that they would leave the state. Well, that is unless the survey is in question:

“That was a nonscientific survey,” said Dr. Deb Richter, a Vermont physician. “I happen to know that people took it who weren’t physicians who pretended they were. And there were people who took it more than once. So it’s hard to believe the results of a survey that weren’t scientifically done. So I wouldn’t make any conclusions about that.”

I’m not a doctor, I just play one when I’m filling out a survey.

Now, I am as skeptical as they come regarding single-payer health care. But would Dr. Richter be willing to name the people who she says are not doctors or may have filled out the survey more than once? Did we ask for any evidence of her claim, Anson? Because if its true that people are faking this survey then that’s pretty serious stuff and I wouldn’t want to base any of my arguments on it. On the other hand, maybe that’s just what I’m supposed to do anyway, whether this survey is legitimate or not – don’t use it in making a case against single-payer because that would hurt our goal.
I’m no expert in journalism, but reporting like this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Via WCAX http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=14390288

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Not according to this graph…

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Howard Dean, in his own words:

The reason tort reform is not in the [health care] bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everybody else they were taking on. And that’s the plain and simple truth,

via Dean says Obamacare authors don’t want to challenge trial lawyers | Washington Examiner.