From what I’ve read, socialized medicine has not worked well in places that it has been tried, so I wonder if this type of situation will become more common with socialized medicine in the U.S. Though all of us may get marginal basic care with socialized medicine, those who are sick and need more care may not get it. The line indicating who is “worth treating” and who is not may be pushed back further and further. I wonder if people of a certain age (young and old) or people who have certain conditions will just be told to go home to die because it is too much of a drain on resources to even attempt treatment. I know those who support socialized medicine say that is the case now with the poor, that if you can’t pay, you can’t get treatment. I don’t think that is the case, since illegals get care and I don’t think a hospital can outright turn anyone away, might send someone to another hospital for care, but they do get care. I am open to correction here if I am wrong.
My fear is that that will be the case with all of us should socialized medicine come to the U.S. Perhaps it will be common to hear “Grandma is too old to bother with treating her infection” or “Your child’s cancer is too expensive to treat, so we won’t do it. Begin making arrangements now.” Too young, too old, too sick may be the biggest losers (and their families too), while those who don’t fall into those categories may just get basic care, but nothing beyond. I fear mediocrity in healthcare may be our future.
“Parents Lose Fight With Doctors to Keep Sick Son Alive
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The parents of a seriously ill baby in Britain have said they are “deeply distressed” by a legal ruling which will allow their “only and beloved son” to die.
The parents, known as Mr. and Mrs. T, said they planned to “enjoy what little time” they had left with their son who has a rare metabolic disorder and has suffered brain damage and major respiratory failure.
Last night the parents’ final possible legal avenue to keep their son alive failed when two Appeal Court judges upheld an earlier High Court ruling giving permission to doctors to allow him to die.”…
Full article here: foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510010,00.html