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Single Payer 'Success'? UK Hospital Refuses to Treat Dying Cyclist
We've long ranted about single payer healthcare being a giant, steaming pile of crap. The treatment is low-quality, and that's if you're even lucky enough to get it. Well, here's a case where we hate to be proven right. A man in the UK crashed his bike and suffered fatal injuries, and the nearest hospital turned him down for treatment...
A cyclist died after a good Samaritan rushed into a hospital to get help and was told to call 999 because there were no doctors.
Marc Banting witnessed Nick Wilsdon, 44, lose control of his bicycle and swerve sideways into a van outside Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) and rushed into the hospital to ask for help.
But Mr Banting claims he was told to phone 999 as the hospital could not spare any doctors.
What was dialing 999 supposed to do if not get medical attention? Here's the problem with bureaucratic orders in medicine.
Mr Wilsdon, a musician and therapist who was described as a "wonderful, talented, much-loved man" by his family, died of his injuries a few days later.
Mr Banting, 43, said he stopped to try and help the cyclist, but was unsure about moving him as he had clearly suffered serious head injuries.
Now, just to be clear, we're not implying any malevolence on the hospital's part for turning the guy down, just monumental inefficiency and incompetence. All brought to you by single-payer healthcare. Which is exactly what socialist heroes like Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi want in the United States.
In addition to costing a fortune, single-payer healthcare is almost guaranteed to create shortages and to keep sick people from getting the care they need. Also, inevitably, when your healthcare becomes intertwined with politics, avoiding transphobia takes priority over having the staff and facilities needed to treat a guy with his brains leaking out of his ears. But hey, it's "free." So there's that.
Obamacare was a step in the direction of single-payer, and we've all seen what that's yielded. Insurance premiums are higher than a hipster at Coachella. Insurers are dropping out like high-schoolers in the inner-city. Simply increase that level of absurdity tenfold and you get a single-payer system.
Keep in mind the left wants to import this crapshoot of a system here to the USA. Some states like California have already started their own single-payer systems, with no idea how to raise the funds. Hint: they're going to take it from you through higher taxes. So, by all means, if you're into healthcare which may kill you, with a huge price tag, continue to let the left call the shots.
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