Today I came across this article in the Independent and then this one in the New York Times. The theme? Britain’s National Health System is overwhelmed this winter. Long wait times, corridors lined with patients, “black alerts,” and political denial—it’s Britain’s new normal. But why is everyone surprised? This was predicted years—decades—ago.
It bears repeating: everything happening with Britain’s healthcare system is predictable and WAS predicted.
The problem is not skyrocketing costs. That is a symptom.
The problem is too few medical providers. Period, dot. Add in layers of government to protect the patient, and you still don’t have enough medical providers. Slow the perceived increase in costs by having the taxpayer pick up the excess and you still don’t have enough medical providers. Cut payments to providers to make the costs “reasonable” and you REALLY won’t have enough medical providers.
In fact, you’ll end up with even fewer medical providers because who wants to deal with all of that? Who wants to be told she’s greedy because she wants to make an income proportionate to the time spent for education and to her skills? Who wants to spend more of his time filling out paperwork than working with his patients?
As for the final paragraph of both articles, financially it is not possible for the British government to keep up with the demand for health care. It will continue to take more and more of the national budget. And it will only get worse.
Over the years, I’ve had discussions with people on various different blogs over whether private healthcare or single payer is better. I’ve often found that any political commentary in favor of private healthcare is met with ferocious opposition from single payer advocates. Today, this picture came across my newsfeed, from a doc friend of mine who runs a private ambulatory surgery center in Oklahoma. He, of course, services many from around the world who have been unable to receive timely care due to the single payer system in their country.
Its clear to me that single payer healthcare is not a good long term solution to providing timely, affordable care to America’s population. No matter how you spin it, it just isn’t going to work. We need to find solutions that allow a private healthcare system to work…free of third party payers and government interference. Follow the links at the top and to the right of this website to find direct care that is both timely, and affordable. It’s already here; we just need more Americans to learn about it and encourage their representatives to pass laws that will allow it to thrive.
With it being open enrollment season now for ACA (Obamacare) coverage for individuals and families, Americans are going to quickly see how all of this government interference in our healthcare system has basically made affordable health insurance out of reach for most middle class Americans. We, like Canada, have reached a breaking point. Middle class America can no longer bear the cost of the ACA. We need a change, so we ask our politicians to please come together in bipartisan support to help us! This petty gridlock is unfair to the people who are being hurt.
To those who believe the ACA is working, I challenge you to run a quote, and see what the cost is to those who don’t qualify for subsidy. It’s truly unbearable, especially for those aged 50+. The politicians who created the ACA knew that it would eventually blow up, thus hoping Americans would throw up their hands and beg for single payer. Well, this American asks my readers to consider something different! Take the time to learn about Direct Pay healthcare. Paired with deregulated, catastrophic insurance, we have a perfect combination for affordable healthcare. Let’s make it happen!