Budget Deficits in the NHS force Mental Health Patients to Wait up to 3 Months to see a Specialist

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 28th, 2012

Week in Review

Great Britain kicked off the 2012 Olympic Games.  And the opening ceremonies took us through their venerated history.  And their music.  For Britain gave us more than agriculture advances, representative government, capitalism and the Industrial Revolution.  They gave us Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen, David Bowie and the Beatles.  To name a few.  And what a few they are.

The institutions of Britain helped shape the world.  And brought peace to the world.  Pax Britannica (1815–1914).  Where the Royal Navy suppressed piracy on the high seas.  Ended the slave trade.  And brought peace to the world by facilitating free trade.  The British Empire grew into the greatest Empire since the Roman Empire.  The empire that founded Britain’s capital city on the Thames River in AD 43.  Londinium.  Host of the 2012 Olympic Games.  Yes, that’s right.  Britain dates back to the Roman Empire.  And was once part of the Roman Empire.  Right up to Hadrian’s Wall.  Built across northern England.  Marking the northern border of the Roman Empire in Britain.

So the Brits have much to be proud about.  And it showed in the opening ceremonies.  Included a salute to their National Health Service (NHS).  Which the British are especially proud of.  And rightly so.  For it may be the finest national health system in the world.  But it’s a different Britain today.  An aging Britain.  And as the population ages it is stretching the NHS thin (see NHS ‘Is Failing’ Mental Health Patients by Thomas Moore posted 7/24/2012 on Sky News).

The NHS is still failing people with mental health problems, despite a Government strategy launched more than a year ago, charities have warned.

They say patients in some areas are waiting at least three months for specialist counselling. Some end up going private because they need more urgent care…

But mental health services have long been seen as an easy cut to make when money is tight. Implementation of the Government strategy stalled while the NHS and social care was reorganised.

Waiting three months?  Why the long wait-time?  Because the NHS is running chronic deficits.  Because of that aging population.  Which makes any social program that transfers the cost of one generation to a future generation impossible to sustain.  Because the group of retirees is growing at a greater rate than the rate new workers are entering the work force to pay for that retired generation.  Which means higher tax rates on the younger generations.  Rationing of health services.  And, of course, longer wait-times.

Obamacare is starting out on the upside of the retiree curve.  So they are entering the world of national health care as an aging population is already pushing up health care costs.  And will only see those costs rise exponentially as the baby boom generation begins to retire en masse.  At which point people in Britain waiting three months for treatment will say, “It could be worse.  We could be in America.”  Why?  Because with five times the population of Great Britain the US will rewrite the book on service rationing and wait-times.  As Americans see the quality of their health care plummet.  Along with the quality of their life.  For the Americans already have trillion dollar deficits without the cost of Obamacare factored in.  The Americans will add so much debt that their credit rating will fall again.  Which will raise their borrowing costs.  Forcing them to borrow money just to pay the interest on the debt.  Until eventually the Americans will go through what Greece is going through.  Only on a grander scale.

The proponents of Obamacare like to point out that America is the only ‘rich’ country that doesn’t have a national health care system.  Well, we may soon have one as Obamacare goes into full effect.  So we may finally have a national health care system.  But we won’t be rich anymore.  Which will be rather ironic.

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