Why does America not have a single-payer healthcare system?
Not only does this healthcare not work, but we have plenty of first hand evidence to prove our point.
Single payer plans like Canada’s and the UK’s healthcare system are constantly running into exploding financial problems that America is also having due to the high costs of technology and new pharmaceutical drugs.
And to top it off their systems are not handling the growth in expenses very well and we still try to fight for something that is clearly failing.
A ton of Democrats are now saying they want Medicare for all. But look… Medicare simply doesn’t pay the bills of hospitals and doctors.
According to ijr,
As the GOP and Democrats face off in Congress over the future of American health care, the U.K. is struggling to find the money to help its own people.
With many Democrats, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, beginning to support single-payer health care, it’s important to take a look at how the National Health Service (NHS) is fairing under increased financial stress.
According to The Daily Wire, health care experts in the U.K. are warning that obese people and smokers will be routinely refused operations across the entire country.
Already in North Yorkshire, smokers and patients with a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher will be refused routine surgery for over a year unless it’s a life-threatening issue. This situation is also known as health care rationing.
Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wrote:
The local system is under severe pressure. Hospitals are being warned they will not be paid for surgery if they carry out operations on obese patients who are not exempt from the policy. This work will help to ensure that we get the very best value from the NHS and not exceed our resources or risk the ability of the NHS being there when people really need it.
Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, has condemned North Yorkshire’s decision:
This policy from Vale of York is among the most severe the modern NHS has ever seen. Leaving patients waiting in pain for treatment longer than is clinically necessary cannot be accepted.
In the last month alone, the Royal College of Surgeons has learnt of at least three clinical commissioning groups that are planning to introduce policies that deny or delay patients’ access to surgery as a means to cut spending At this rate we may see brutal service reductions becoming the norm, rather than just being exceptions.
That being said, smokers can get on surgeons’ waiting lists if they can prove they stopped smoking for at least eight weeks. A similar situation can be achieved by the obese as well; if they can shed 10 percent of their weight, they may secure a referral sooner, the Telegraph reported in 2016.
A spokesman for NHS England explained:
Major surgery poses much higher risks for severely overweight patients who smoke. So local GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups are entirely right to ensure these patients first get support to lose weight and try and stop smoking before their hip or knee operation.
Reducing obesity and cutting smoking not only benefits patients, but saves the NHS and taxpayers millions of pounds. This does not and cannot mean blanket bans on particular patients such as smokers getting operations, which would be inconsistent with the NHS constitution.
Those with life-threatening illnesses and cancer patients are excepted from this surgery ban. BMI restrictions have also been imposed in Hertfordshire, the North West, and London, according to The Daily Wire.
With Democrats pushing for single-payer health care plans, will Americans be forced to wait months, even years, for surgeries that can improve their quality of life?
We’ll just have to wait and see.