The Long Wait Times and Rationing of the NHS will soon be coming to Obamacare

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 2nd, 2012

Week in Review

Today it’s the NHS (see NHS cracks ‘beginning to appear’ by Nick Triggle posted 11/28/2012 on BBC News Health).

The King’s Fund review – dubbed a mid-term report for the coalition government – raised concern about A&E [accident and emergency departments] waits and finances…

The NHS has been asked to make savings of about 5% annually in the coming years, at a time when demands are rising…

A&E waiting times have risen since 2009, although still remain within the target of 95% of patients being seen within four hours, the report said.

It also raised concerns about the growing number of emergency admissions among the elderly and those with long-term conditions.

And the report flagged up the increasing number of NHS trusts facing financial difficulties.

King’s Fund policy director Anna Dixon said: “There are huge risks, particularly in ensuring that quality of care does not suffer with the further financial squeeze.”

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said there were already signs of this, claiming services, such as cataract surgery, were being rationed.

He said evidence Labour had gathered showed an estimated 52,000 people were being denied treatments, leaving them in “pain and discomfort”…

Health Minister Lord Howe suggested many of these pressures were related to the ageing population.

Tomorrow it will be Obamacare.

Longer wait times (a 4-hour wait in an emergency room is an acceptable waiting time).  Financial problems.  Rationing.  Denial of treatments.  All courtesy of an aging population inundating emergency rooms with elderly patients.

Welcome to national health care.  Welcome to Obamacare.

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