Rising Costs and Falling Revenue forces NHS to cut Hearing Services, Hip & Knee Operations and Eye Surgeries

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 27th, 2012

Week in Review

The costs of an aging population (due to fewer people having babies these days than in our parent’s generation) are causing great cost pressures on Britain’s National Health Service.  The number of elderly patients is rising.  And they’re consuming more health care resources.  While the tax base is shrinking.  With fewer people paying taxes overall tax revenue falls.  You don’t have to be highly skilled in math to see the problem here.  They’re spending money faster than they can get it.  And when you have a problem like that your options are few.  You cut costs.  Increase wait times.  And ration services (see NHS hearing services ‘being cut’ by Nick Triggle posted 10/22/2012 on BBC News Health).

NHS hearing services are being scaled back in England, an investigation by campaigners suggests.

Data obtained by Action on Hearing Loss from 128 hospitals found more than 40% had seen cuts in the past 18 months.

In particular, the study found evidence of rises in waiting times and reductions in follow-up care.

The report is the latest in a growing number to have suggested front-line care is being rationed as the health service struggles with finances.

The NHS is in the middle of a £20bn five-year savings drive.

The government believes the savings can be made by increasing productivity.

But in the past year reports have suggested everything from hip and knee operations to eye surgery is being cut.

As American health care transitions into full scale Obamacare these are terms we’ll start to hear.  Cost cuts.  Wait times.  And rationing.  You know, before they cut our hearing services.  Then these things will happen.  We just won’t hear about them.

Incidentally, the NHS is trying to cut about $32.2 billion from their approximate $162 billion budget.  That’s a 20% cut.  According to Kaiser, the US spent about $2.3 trillion on health in 2010.  A similar 20% cut in our health care spending would total approximately $450 billion over five years.  Or about $900 billion over 10 years.  Which is close to what the first CBO score came in for Obamacare.  When they were counting revenue for some years but no costs.  So basically to do what the British are doing would require the repealing of Obamacare.  That’s how big these numbers are.  And why we should repeal Obamacare.  Before our excellent health care system suffers these cost cuts, wait times and rationing.

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