Death as the more cost-efficient care
Re: Pruden on Politics column in the Feb. 16 edition titled “A prescription for medical malpractice” (page 4), I read Wesley Pruden’s column on failurizing, i.e. socializing American medicine. It absolutely struck a chord with me, particularly his line about “take an aspirin and if you don’t feel better in the morning, don’t call me, call the undertaker”!
I was born in England and emigrated to the U.S.A. (fleeing socialism) over 25 years ago.
My father was still a very active man and still running his own small business at the age of 74 when he had a heart attack. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and all the treatment he got was an aspirin (washed down with many cups of tea). He died of a massive heart attack one week later. He was condemned to death because of his age.
A few years later my mother was admitted to a short-term hospital facility, specializing in elder care (NHS group speak for dumping ground for the pre-dead) because she had an infection. This facility was unspeakably shabby, dated to the draconian poor laws of the 1830s in England and was staffed by uncaring harpies, bereft of even basic facilities such as phones. Not surprisingly, my mother died within a week of being admitted. Luckily for me, one of my mother’s friends warned me that my mother was not doing well and I managed to get over there the day before she died and at least in that 24 hours ensure she was treated like a human being.
All this was documented by me and the hospital as I immediately set about trying to right what I initially thought was just a local abhorrent condition but which I began to realize was normal throughout the NHS.
God help us if this type of regulated medicine is forced upon us here. Wake up America. Adrian P. Reast Hatfield, Pennsylvania