Dan is also morbidly disgusted by what socialized medicine produces. He writes about The Sadistic Brutality of England’s Government-Run Healthcare.
I’m not easily grossed out or nauseated. Heck, I’m on email lists for a half-dozen softball teams and you can only imagine the strange/filthy/nasty things that guys send to each other.
But I read a story about the death panels in the United Kingdom that left me discombobulated. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel.
Here’s the intro of a disturbing report in the Daily Mail.
Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults. But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
Yes Dan, many of us recognize what ObamaCrapCare really is. Our only hope is that the states will not be able to create the exchanges.
There are many of us who see the writing on the wall: Medicare will eventually be absorbed into ObamaCrapCare. Of course, we can always hope that someone comes up with an app that can send all those important details to someone who will interpret them correctly, right?
Scanadu announced Thursday that it plans to start selling this first device—the Scout, which monitors heart rate, temperature, blood oxygenation, and other vital signs—by the end of 2013, as well as a disposable urine-analysis test that can swiftly detect pregnancy issues, urinary tract infections, and kidney problems, and a saliva analysis test that can detect upper respiratory problems like strep throat and the flu. The Scout will cost less than $150, De Brouwer says; he doesn’t put a price tag on the disposable tests but says they will be “very, very cheap.”
The Scout may appeal to the growing quantified-self community, which focuses on tracking everything from sleep to stress levels (see “The Measured Life”) and includes some well-known figures such as the mathematician and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram (who is also a member of Scanadu’s board).
I think that the gadget is great, but what about the person on the other end who might not be an M.D.? Let’s face it, if the government is not going with torte reform, lower reimbursements, more patients, soaring malpractice insurance, why bother?