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May 19, 2005

The wonders of socialized medicine

From the Scotsman:

A RIGHT of patients to demand life-prolonging treatment has "very serious implications" for National Health Service resources, appeal judges were told yesterday.

The health department claimed that if a right to artificial nutrition or hydration (ANH) treatment was established, patients would be able to demand other life-prolonging treatments.

The argument was put forward yesterday by the government as Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, intervened in a General Medical Council challenge to a High Court ruling which was hailed at the time as a breakthrough for the rights of terminally-ill patients.

Leslie Burke, 45, who has a degenerative brain condition, won the right last July to stop doctors withdrawing artificial nutrition or hydration treatment until he dies naturally. That decision is being challenged by the GMC, which wants to reverse the ruling.

The UK has socialized medicine, thus making the government responsible for the expense of keeping someone alive. Lest you think people can fall back on their own resources, with socialized medicine, insurance isn't considered a need, and the government taxes citizen more in order to pay for the “free” health care. If people knew such situations were coming -- the wouldn't be called accidents, therefore resting on the “comfort” of government provided health care could quickly change from a rest to a full run.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 19, 2005 07:57 AM

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