Captain Ed from Captain’s Quarters points out the case of Charlotte Wyatt in the UK, a very sick preemie infant the NHS is trying to deny care to.
In the government-run health system that the British have used for decades, the choice between life and death doesn’t belong to the patient or their family — it lies with the government. In the case of the Wyatts, the government has decided that it has wasted enough resources on Charlotte and now wants to cut its losses. The only options the Wyatts have to save their daughter is to either sue the NHS to keep it from abandoning Charlotte, or to pay 100% of all medical costs out-of-pocket at the private treatment centers that wealthy British citizens can access.
And don’t miss his reference to one of his previous UK health care posts on how the NHS may have to start throwing out viable kidneys because of the lack of transplant surgeons:
I suspect that the true reason that British doctors show so much reluctance to specializing in renal transplants, and transplants in general, is that the socialized health system doesn’t incentivize them to do so. If doctors receive no better compensation for transplantation than normal surgery, especially elective surgeries, then why go through the extensive extra training required for it? Transplants require extra work in the operating room and a great deal of follow-up care on behalf of the physician. Other surgeries require much less training and follow-up care, and as the article states, more regular hours in most cases.