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1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Tired Of Hearing Americans Say How Horrible Our Healthcare Is? See What The UK Thinks of Theirs.

 
From Critical Condition blog (July 14).  Why Americans think the British healthcare system stinks (references for the claims are given at the link):

--NHS doctors routinely conceal from patients information about innovative new therapies that the NHS doesn’t pay for, so as to not “distress, upset or confuse” them.

--Terminally ill patients are incorrectly classified as “close to death” so as to allow the withdrawal of expensive life support.

--NHS expert guidelines on the management of high cholesterol are intentionally out of date, putting patients at serious risk, in order to save money.

--When the government approved an innovative new treatment for elderly blindness, the NHS initially decided to reimburse for the treatment only after patients were already blind in one eye -- using the logic that a person blind in one eye can still see, and is therefore not that badly off.

--While most NHS patients expect to wait five months for a hip operation or knee surgery, leaving them immobile and disabled in the meantime, the actual waiting times are even worse: 11 months for hips and 12 months for knees. (This compares to a wait of 3 to 4 weeks for such procedures in the United States.)

--One in four Britons with cancer is denied treatment with the latest drugs proven to extend life.

--Those who seek to pay for such drugs on their own are expelled from the NHS system, for making the government look bad, and are forced to pay for the entirety of their own care for the rest of their lives.

--Britons diagnosed with cancer or heart attacks are more likely to die, and more quickly, than those of most other developed nations. Britain’s survival rates for these diseases are “little better than [those] of former Communist countries.”

I've written about the criminally incompetent system in a number of posts.  Just search under "Britain."

Doc D
 

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