Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Real Meaning of "Universal Health Care"

If you really think universal health care is a right and a necessary thing, read this post at Eternity Road. It's more chilling than the latest pronouncements from the "Religion of Peace!"
The General Medical Council has won its appeal against a ruling which gave a seriously-ill patient the right to stop doctors withdrawing food and drink.

[...snip...]

Artificial nutrition is classed as a form of treatment by the GMC and therefore last July's ruling, which was hailed as a breakthrough for the rights of terminally-ill patients, raised questions about medical interventions.

In the original case, Mr Burke [Leslie Burke, a seriously ill patient who anticipates losing his power of speech and movement] argued the GMC's advice, which gives doctors in cases such as his the ultimate say on what treatment to give a patient in the final stages, was an infringement of his human rights.

But during the appeal hearing, Philip Havers, QC, representing the GMC, said the original ruling had fundamentally altered the nature of doctor/patient relationships and was not in the best interests of the patient.

He said doctors would have to provide treatment which they knew would be of no benefit or could even be harmful.
Get it? The British court ruled that the doctors have the right to starve a patient to death against the will of the patient because being kept alive might not be "in the patient's best interest". The link to the complete BBC article is here. Holy slippery slope Batman!

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At 4:50 PM, Anonymous California Health Insurance said...

Universal health care can be a great impact on health care system. It is unfortunate to hear so many lack health insurance. We really need to improve our health care system. Health insurance is a major aspect to many and we should help everyone get covered.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

It's interesting to hear the real meaning of universal health care. Now I understand what universal health care is and how it can help us.

 

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