I stumbled across this filmclip over at Richards 3 beers later blog, now is it just me or does Obamas “Dr Placebo” shtick have undertones of a certain Monty python skit.
Watch and compare.
1 st Dr Obama effectively saying “your mother is to old, she should take pills and wait to die…”
The Python clip, Dr Obama comes in at around 2:30 into it.
“That’s what I’m here for, to reassure you”… FFS there is a case for elderly to have do not resuscitate, IF THEY CHOOSE, but if they, or their family can afford it, why shouldn’t they get the best medical care they can afford?
Obama is busy looking at it as a zero sum game. If granny has an operation, then little Billy the orphan cant have one. If you believe that crap then what hes saying is justifiable.
However isn’t the reality that the full fee operation (Im assuming granny is paying her own way)is making the hospital/surgeon/employees, quite a bit of money. That money is taxed, a portion ending up in government coffers anyway. This allows for little Billy to be treated (maybe not top tier, but he will receive something) The hospital can justify training more doctors, opening more wards etc, because its making money. All this is generating more availability of health services, as long as you can pay.
Why shouldn’t your health care be linked to the amount of money you set aside for it?
Why should it be left to a faceless bureaucrat to make the decision?
And for those who think an “all free” system like Australia’s is better…
More below the fold….
My grandfather (93yrs old) recently looked as though hes was going to die from a fairly nasty complication from kidney failure. He was kept at a regional hospital (despite there being dialysis available 60 km away) for 4 days of “tests”, the only test was “will he die and save us the bother” from the doctors. After he began to recover a bit, thats when they sent him to a major hospital for treatment. Thats how health rationing works, interventions are “free”, but you might die before you get them.
He was scheduled for a procedure that required anesthesia, so my father was asked point blank “If he fails to recover from the anaesthetic, how far do you want us to go in trying to recover him?” A realistic question, but one based on his age, not on his likely hood of living longer.
Either you believe people all deserve the same treatment. regardless of lifestyle/contributions, or you accept that those who invest more in their well being (either by taking care of themselves and/or sacrificing financially) should have better access to health care at the premium end.
Heres a little story of public vs private for you. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25788393-3102,00.html