If Britain is America’s future in health care, we’re in big trouble

I have found it to be painfully ironic that Democrats are increasingly calling for “single-payer” health care just as the one nation most identified with it (the United Kingdom) is coming to terms with its titanic flaws.

Another example of this came today via Conservative Home:

New analysis by Professor Brian Jarman, the respected expert on comparing the performance of hospitals, has revealed some shocking home truths for our healthcare system.

Jarman’s figures – compiled using 2004 data as the more recent numbers are not yet available – suggests that the death rate in English hospitals was 22.5 per cent higher than the average performance in six Western nations, and 45 per cent higher than America.

The link in the above comes from the Daily Mail, which also noted these bits from the study:

British patients were found to be almost 50 per cent more likely to die from poor care than those in America.

They have five times the chance of dying from pneumonia and twice the chance of being killed by blood poisoning.

According to Mark Wallace, (the Conservative Home writer), Jarman was so stunned by his findings that he sent them around to his colleagues to tell him what he did wrong. They found nothing.

Lest anyone forget, the UK is the closest thing to “single payer” in the democratic world (it’s actually provincially divided, as is Canada, but without the health premiums some Canadian provinces have). The rest of Europe, contrary to the perception of the American left, is actually a mixture of public and private provision and financing of health care.

More and more Democrats in America are hoping Washington-driven health care will obtain the near-religious-icon status Britain’s National Health Services once held, without recognizing how far said Services have fallen.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal


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