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r3020
Senior Advisor

Government run ration care

VA care for everyone.........except the establishment.

 

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Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale.

Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.

The decision, described by the Royal College of Surgeons as the “most severe the modern NHS has ever seen”, led to warnings that other trusts will soon be forced to follow suit and rationing will become the norm if the current funding crisis continues.

 

The restrictions echo others made by health bosses in Hertfordshire, the North West and London in the past two years, where blanket referral bans were imposed on patients on the basis of their weight.

Last month St Helens CCG in Merseyside said it was considering temporarily suspending all non-essential hospital referrals by GPs because of financial concerns.

Reports of rationing have emerged after NHS England admitted in May that its provider sector overspent by £2.45 billion in 2015-16,  more than a threefold increase on the previous year.

The figure, which was described as conservative by think-tanks, prompted some hospital chief executives to question the future viability of free universal healthcare.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/02/obese-patients-and-smokers-banned-from-all-routine-operat...

3 Replies
schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Government run ration care

Health care rationing has gone on for decades! Blue Cross, Aetna, HMOs etc have been deciding what care you get and what they will pay! Not as much now as they used to because of the ACA.
schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Government run ration care

Insurance cos have rationing for decades. Fortunately, not nearly so much since the ACA became law.
r3020
Senior Advisor

Re: Government run ration care

Before Obama care you could opt out of insurance. With single payer you are forced to fund health care and then denied care if you don't meet government standards.