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February 17, 2009
Australia turns to socialized health care
We should keep an eye on Australia, they are slightly ahead of us on the road to socialized health care. For a glimpse into our future under the Obama administration take a look at this article from The Sydney Morning Herald:
DENTISTS have condemned a Medicare-style system for free universal dental care being considered by the Rudd Government as impractical, and massively expensive. [....]
"Electronic personal health records", where have we heard this before? Here is an excerpt from Obama's former campaign website:
Lowering Costs Through Investment in Electronic Health Information Technology Systems: Most medical records are still stored on paper, which makes it hard to coordinate care, measure quality or reduce medical errors and which costs twice as much as electronic claims. Obama will invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records, and will phase in requirements for full implementation of health IT. Obama will ensure that patients' privacy is protected.
Don't worry about your personal health records, "Obama will ensure that patients' privacy is protected." With assurance like that how can we go wrong? However, as Alex Rodriguez's current predicament shows, no matter what the intentions of the record keepers may be, health records are always subject to subpoena.
Obama is telling the truth when he says electronic health records will save money, but not for the reason you think. This is a necessary precursor to nationalized health care. Before the government takes over the health care system, costs have to be contained.
Once all of our medical records are on that big mainframe at the White House the new National Coordinator of Health Information Technology will start deciding which procedures have to be cut to save money. You won't be allowed to have that expensive experimental operation that could save your life even if you can afford it, it wouldn't be fair.
The report said there was an urgent need to tackle inequities in health status and outcomes and lack of access to health services for many groups in Australia. For indigenous Australians it proposed an increase in funding to reflect the much greater health needs.Isn't it amazing how great socialists' minds think alike, let's take another look at Obama's campaign website:
Tackle disparities in health care. Obama will tackle the root causes of health disparities by addressing differences in access to health coverage and promoting prevention and public health, both of which play a major role in addressing disparities. He will also challenge the medical system to eliminate inequities in health care through quality measurement and reporting, implementation of effective interventions such as patient navigation programs, and diversification of the health workforce.
Again we come back to the main tenet of socialism, no one will be allowed to have better health care than anyone else, inequities will be eliminated. Medical breakthroughs and innovation will be eliminated, everyone will get equal treatment.
A National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Authority would purchase services specifically for indigenous patients and focus on results to ensure high quality and timely access to services.Converting Australia's current health care system to a socialized health care system is a daunting task. But it's good to know that they will "focus on results to ensure high quality and timely access to services." But don't forget to read between the lines: "focus on results" means the government will not pay for procedures that are not deemed cost-effective.
I wonder how all this is working out in the UK, they've had nationalized health care since 1948. Here is an excerpt from a Feb. '08 article in The UK's Telegraph. I hope it's not too discouraging:
People who cannot get an NHS dentist are pulling their teeth out with pliers and using Superglue to put caps back.I have a recommendation for everyone living in Australia and America... get your teeth fixed pronto!