Earlier this week, Britain’s National Health Service Ombudsman came out with a grim report about the current state of health care in the United Kingdom.
A number of terrible instances of neglect can be read in The Telegraph. Here is how the ombudsman summed it up:
The findings of my investigations reveal an attitude — both personal and institutional — which fails to recognize the humanity and individuality of the people concerned and to respond to them with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism.
The reasonable expectation that an older person or their family may have of dignified, pain-free end-of-life care in clean surroundings in hospital is not being fulfilled. Instead, these accounts present a picture of NHS provision that is failing to meet even the most basic standards of care.
He added that it was not a question of resources that made the socialized health-care scheme such an abysmal failure. Rather he blamed the “culture” of the National Health Service (NHS) which is the culture of government bureaucracy.
This is the same National Health Service that President Barack Obama’s Administer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services professed to be “romantic” about.
Donald Berwick described the rationing of care as happens in Britain as “politically accountable” in 2008. He called the NHS’s rationing board, the National Institute for Clinical Health “not just a national treasure” but “a global treasure” that should serve as an example to the “bloated” American health-care system, so sadly trapped in “the darkness of private enterprise.”
The British model, which according to its own ombudsman fails to meet even basic standards of care, was praised by Berwick for being “generous, hopeful, confident, joyous and just.”
Any health-care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.
This man is now in charge of “redistributing” both wealth and health care in Obama’s America.