A neurosurgeon called into the Mark Levin show today to report that, this past week, HHS informed an assembly of neurosurgeons in DC that a new rule requires them to hold off on brain surgery for people over 70 years of age until the new HHS (Health & Human Services) ethics panel “reviews” the case.
This philosophy towards the gray masses is integral to the Russian single payer system. The older and the truly infirm do not receive care. In fact, all receive the kind of care that would make one proud in 1900.
Von Mises reports the following on Russian Single Payer Healthcare: In 1918, the Soviet Union became the first country to promise universal “cradle-to-grave” healthcare coverage, to be accomplished through the complete socialization of medicine. The “right to health” became a “constitutional right” of Soviet citizens. They planned to reduce costs and waste, just like what we hear from Obama.
After nearly a hundred years, the Russians are about a hundred years behind us in healthcare. Their medical institutions are filthy dirty and soap is noticeably absent. Cats roam the halls and drunken personnel are a familiar sight. 78% of HIV patients caught it from dirty needles in state-run hospitals.
Neurosurgeons receive a salary about one-third that of a bus driver, which understandable discourages the best and brightest from entering the medical field. If you want to see a doctor in Russia, you’d better have your bribe ready.
There is no legal remedy under their single payer system so their continual neglect and ineptitude goes unchallenged.
Best yet, they have a two-tier system, one for the gray masses and the other for the bureaucrats and intellectuals, the gray masses, of course, receive the inferior, almost nonexistent service.
Rationing for the over 70 crowd is a real part of the single payer healthcare system in Russia and obviously it is coming to a hospital near you.