Saturday, April 02, 2011

The State of British Health Care

Oh, the blissful state of socialized medicine in the UK. I can't wait until our health care is in the hands of the IRS! Or some similar bureaucrat.

British health care is not very high tech. Britain has fewer high-tech medical machines than Estonia and Turkey - Telegraph
Hospitals in Britain have fewer high-tech medical machines than those in poorer countries such as Estonia and Turkey, according to the public spending watchdog.

Even those units that do have MRI and CT scanners often leave them to “lie idle” for much of the time despite rising demand, the National Audit Office said.
Of course profit isn't an issue - everything is run by government largess. So crass calculations like asset utilization never enter into the thinking around scheduling. (Some MRI facilities are only open 40 hours per week.)

British kids on drugs. (No, the legal kind.) Amount of drugs prescribed by GPs triples over 15 years - Telegraph
Concerns have also been raised about the number of children being prescribed drugs to control their behaviour. Recent figures show that 650,000 children aged between eight and 13 are now taking Ritalin to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a compared with just 9,000 two decades earlier.
Must make the drug companies very happy.

Women, don't expect to have separate facilities from the men. It's too expensive. (So said the old regime, the new one has other ideas. Hospitals face £250 fines for keeping men and women on same wards - Telegraph
The NHS has long struggled to stop men and women being left to sleep in neighbouring beds, or share the same bathroom facilities, because many hospital wards are in old buildings that would be costly to renovate.

But the new Government said it was determined to eradicate the practice, first by establishing how widespread it is and then by imposing fines on those that do not tackle it.
And, yes, various attacks have occurred over the years.

You don't need to be able to communicate with your doctor. Foreign doctors work in Britain without speaking English - Telegraph Because testing their language skills would be discrimination - or so says the EU.

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