The View From 1776
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Dr. Death’s Model Of Perfect Health Care
Dr. Donald Berwick, Obama’s newly appointed head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), says of Britain’s National Health Service (as reported in the Wall Street Journal, July 8. 2010):
“I am romantic about the National Health Service,” he told a London audience in 2008, referring to the British single-payer system. “I love it,” Dr. Berwick added, going on to call it “such a seductress” and “a global treasure.” He routinely points to the NHS as a health-care model for the U.S.
Has love made him blind?
(James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, in the July 19, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal)
?“A cash crisis in the NHS”—that’s Britain’s National Health Service—“has left patients lying on the operating table before doctors realised vital equipment had not been ordered, according to a leaked report,” London’s Sunday Telegraph reports:
Women in labour have been forced to wait while epidural equipment was borrowed from other hospitals, while other patients have been denied chest drains and radiology supplies, according to doctors at South London Healthcare Trust.
Minutes of a meeting between medical staff and the trust’s chief executive say “cash flow” problems at the trust which has a