Death as the more cost-ef­fi­cient care

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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