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A couple of examples a superior single payer system:
"A&E patients being forced to wait in ambulances for up to eight hours because of lack of beds
Posted by jfpinlvn
If you actually read the articles you posted, you woul dhave learned that both items are a direct result of a British political gridlock about funding and could easily be solved.
From one article:
There is widespread suspicion that NHS managers are deliberately keeping patients waiting in ambulances to meet their targets.
But the clock starts only once a patient is formally admitted, so if the emergency unit is particularly busy bosses will be inclined to leave patients waiting in an ambulance.
Dr Cliff Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine, which represents A&E doctors said: ‘Increasingly, we are now experiencing situations where the whole system just grinds to a halt - we simply cannot carry on like this.
‘Patients can’t get into A&E because there isn’t an empty cubicle, let alone the staff, so they end up trapped in ambulances. Meanwhile A&E is full of patients who can’t be moved onto wards, because they are full of elderly people who can’t be discharged because there isn’t help at home.’
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has blamed the crisis in A&E patchy GP out-of-hours’ services which has left patients with nowhere else to go. But they have also become busier due to the aging population with higher numbers of elderly suffering strokes and falls. The problem has also been blamed on the roll-out of the NHS 111 helpline with untrained call centre staff wrongly advising patients to go to A&E.
From the other article:
The £200million-a-year fund, which began in April 2011, has led so far to 30,000 patients in England being given drugs banned on the NHS by Nice, the rationing body.
They are five times more likely to get a new cancer drug than patients in Wales, and three times more likely than Scottish patients.
The Government’s aim, which was a Tory election pledge, was to enable NHS doctors to prescribe any drug if they believed a cancer patient could benefit. But it was a stopgap for three years, until a new method of assessment for drug pricing is brought in.
Andrew Wilson, chief executive of the Rarer Cancers Foundation which is behind the appeal, said the fund had been highly successful, with ‘dire predictions’ that it could bankrupt the NHS proven to be false.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, he says cancer patients face uncertainty because a new way of pricing drugs – value-based pricing – due to come in next year will exclude all the drugs currently provided for patients under the Cancer Drugs Fund.
Patients will also be unable to get drugs that are close to being licensed, which is called off-label prescribing. Almost two-thirds of cancer treatments considered by Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) are rejected. It is estimated that ending the fund will prevent more than 16,000 patients annually from getting potentially life-extending drugs.
Mr Wilson said: ‘Value-based pricing is due to be introduced at the end of the year but there is no detail on how it will help cancer patients.
Perhaps it might be wise to read the entire article. It seems that both articles are internal problems with Britain's NHS than a systematic problem. If Britain wanted to change or rid itself of their NHS, they can easily do so at the polls. But every time a M.P. (Member of Parliament) proposes changing to a private health insurance system like the United States, they are roundly defeated. Polls in the UK show that more than 80% of their citizens want to keep their NHS.
I believe that once single payer comes to the United States (and I believe that will happen before 2020); once it has been in effect a while, it will be just as popular. In 1935 when FDR introduced the social security program, conservatives railed against the program calling it "socialism" and saying that it will destroy the fabric of American society. Now almost 80 years later social security is the most popular program in government. Any politician foolish enough to change how social security works and cut benefits faces almost certain defeat. In fact polls show that more than 80% of Americans think that social security and Medicare are great and that beenfits should not be cut.