Archive for the ‘health care’ Category

Someone at NPR didn’t get the memo

January 13, 2009

There is an actual article on their site criticizing our Dear Leader‘s choice for Surgeon General.

The article actually argues that Dr. Gupta doesn’t have the experience to manage the 6,000 uniformed officers working in the U.S. Public Health Service’s Commissioned Corps.

Didn’t Dr. Kamerow, a retired assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service get the memo? Experience doesn’t matter. It’s all about Hope and Change.

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What Moore left out

July 9, 2007

That Michael Moore carefully crafts his crockumentaries to distort the truth is a well documented fact. What is interesting is that even liberal news organizations like the Chicago Tribune is starting to call him on it:

In the film’s trailer, a desk attendant at a British hospital smiles while explaining that in Britain’s National Health Service, “everything is free.” But for free hospital care, Britons pay an awfully high price.

Just ask the nearly 1 million British patients on waiting lists for treatment. Or the 200,000 Britons currently waiting merely to get on NHS waiting lists. Mr. Moore must have missed those folks. …

Consider waiting lists. Across Britain, patients wait years for routine — or even emergency — treatments. And many die while waiting.

Indeed, the NHS cancels around 100,000 operations because of shortages each year. In a growing number of communities, it is increasingly difficult for people to simply get an appointment with an NHS general practitioner for a regular checkup.

Further, when it comes to keeping patients healthy, NHS hospitals are notoriously unfit. After admittance to state hospitals, more than 10 percent of patients contract infections and illnesses that they did not have prior to arrival. And according to the Malnutrition Advisory Group, up to 60 percent of NHS patients are undernourished during inpatient stays.

Consequently, many Britons have turned to outside practitioners for treatment, and the private health-care market has boomed. Today, more than 6.5 million people have private medical insurance, 6 million have cash plans, 8 million pay out-of-pocket for a range of complimentary therapies, and 250,000 self-fund each year for private surgery. Millions more opt for private dentistry, ophthalmics and long-term care.

HT to Cox & Forkum

That’s got hurt…

June 29, 2007

MTV, yes that MTV, hardly a tool of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, nails Michael Moore for what he really is:

Unfortunately, Moore is also a con man of a very brazen sort, and never more so than in this film. His cherry-picked facts, manipulative interviews (with lingering close-ups of distraught people breaking down in tears) and blithe assertions (how does he know 18 million people will die this year because they have no health insurance?) are so stacked that you can feel his whole argument sliding sideways as the picture unspools.

HT to Rob at Say Anything.

Make sure to read the whole thing, it’s full of tidbits like this:

Moore’s most ardent enthusiasm is reserved for the French health care system, which he portrays as the crowning glory of a Gallic lifestyle far superior to our own. The French! They work only 35 hours a week, by law. They get at least five weeks’ vacation every year. Their health care is free, and they can take an unlimited number of sick days. It is here that Moore shoots himself in the foot. He introduces us to a young man who’s reached the end of three months of paid sick leave and is asked by his doctor if he’s finally ready to return to work. No, not yet, he says. So the doctor gives him another three months of paid leave — and the young man immediately decamps for the South of France, where we see him lounging on the sunny Riviera, chatting up babes and generally enjoying what would be for most people a very expensive vacation. Moore apparently expects us to witness this dumbfounding spectacle and ask why we can’t have such a great health care system, too. I think a more common response would be, how can any country afford such economic insanity?