Britain’s Version Of ‘Medicare For All’ Is Getting Ready To Collapse in Catastrophe
Britain’s famous national health program has been in a mess for a long time, but it is at a tipping point. The waiting times just keep getting longer. The expense just keeps getting larger. People are literally dying!
Meanwhile, the Democrat candidates in unison, are calling for Medicare For All for the United States, which is basically the same deal.
Britain’s National Health Service has 227,569 patients that have been waiting more than six months for treatment. 36,857 patients have been waiting more than nine months.
This is an increase of 30.7% and 38.7% respectively on the same period last year.
The Royal College of Surgeons released these and other startling statistics:
NHS England’s ‘Referral to Treatment’ (RTT) statistics for January 2019, show that 4.16 million patients were waiting to start treatment overall. The data shows the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks to start planned treatment in January 2019 was 552,219. Only 86.7% were seen within 18 weeks, meaning the government’s 92% target has not been met in just short of three years – since February 2016. By comparison, the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for planned treatment in January 2018, was 440,841.
The number of patients waiting over 52 weeks (one year) also increased compared to the same period last year. In January 2019, more than 2,157 patients waited over one year to start treatment.
Commenting on the data, Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:
“The backlog of patients waiting to start treatment continues to grow. There are now over 100,000 more patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment when compared with the same time last year.
Long waits for care are endemic to government-run, single-payer systems like the NHS and the Medicare for All plan by the Democrats.
Wait times for cancer treatment, where timeliness can be a matter of life and death, are also far too lengthy.
Cancer Waiting Times, January 2019, official NHS report:
Almost 25% of cancer patients didn’t start treatment on time despite an urgent referral by their primary care doctor. That’s the worst performance since records began in 2009.
Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute, states at Forbes:
British cancer patients fare worse than those in the United States. Only 81% of breast cancer patients in the United Kingdom live at least five years after diagnosis, compared to 89% in the United States. Just 83% of patients in the United Kingdom live five years after a prostate cancer diagnosis, versus 97% here in America.
Sally goes on to state that the NHS can’t attract nearly enough medical professionals to meet demand.
At the end of 2018, more than 39,000 nursing spots were unfilled. That’s a vacancy rate of more than 10%. Among medical staff, nearly 9,000 posts were unoccupied.
These shortages could explode in the years to come. In 2018, the Royal College of General Practitioners found that more than 750 practices could close within the next five years, largely because heavy workloads are pushing older doctors to retire early.
More than 100 Democrat members of Congress have offered a Medicare for All bill.
They want it, and want it bad. They know what Britain looks like. They also know what control looks like. So they do not care!
The bulk of the Democratic Party’s field of presidential candidates have co-sponsored Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2017 “Medicare for All” bill. It would ABOLISH private insurance and put all Americans on a single government-run plan that covers nearly all medical services.
Even Great Britain’s system of socialized medicine doesn’t ban private insurance.
Don’t fall for it America! Run Forest, Run!