Some People Diagnosed with Dementia in the NHS wait up to a Year for Treatment

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 7th, 2012

Week in Review

Now that the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare what can we expect from the new universal health care program?  Well, we could look at another universal health care program and see how they are doing.  And not just any.  But one of the best national health care systems in the world.  The UK’s National Health Service (see Report highlights ‘barriers’ to dementia diagnosis by Adam Brimelow posted 7/2/2012 on the BBC News Health).

Many patients face “shocking” delays for dementia diagnosis and treatment, according to a report by MPs and peers…

Its report says some people have to wait more than a year for an appointment at a memory clinic…

The inquiry was set up to examine big discrepancies in dementia diagnosis rates. Across the UK it is estimated that only 43% of people with the disease have a formal diagnosis…

The report says there is strong evidence to show the benefit of early diagnosis for people with dementia, their families, and also to the taxpayer…

It also identifies big variations in access to memory services. Some people reported having to wait more than a year for an appointment at a memory clinic, while for others it was just a few weeks.

And it says people often received no information or support following diagnosis…

Jo Webber, from the NHS Confederation, said dementia was one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

With an aging population dementia is a big problem.  And really something that shouldn’t have been hard to forecast.  You’d think a national health service that put people before profits would have been better prepared. 

Some wait for more than a year while some only wait a few weeks?  That doesn’t sound very universal.  Like a national health care program with universal coverage should be. 

The NHS is really not to blame.  The idea of national health care for an aging population is.  When you have more people leaving the workforce than entering it.  Paying ever higher tax rates to fund the health care for that aging population.  The NHS is busting at the seams.  A big chunk of the UK’s annual deficit is for the NHS.  Forcing them to do more with less.  Because they just don’t have the resources for more.  Which leads to rationing of services.  And wait times of a year or more.

So here is a peek into the future under Obamacare.  Just one side note.  The US population is approximately five times as that of the UK.  So we can probably expect five times the rationing.  And 5 times the wait times.  Meaning we’ll have even more people going without.  And waiting.

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