Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Cure that Kills the Patient

...I agree that is should be us taking care of our brothers and we shouldn’t need the Government to do it for us. Unfortunately we live in a fallen world and we are not doing it, so the idea of socialized healthcare intrigues me.

My response: I don’t see how noting that we live in a fallen world is an argument for socialized healthcare. The government is part of that fallen world too, so if it’s the fallen world that is to blame for us not taking care of others, how will the government do any better? That’s like saying, “hey, you’re kinda sketchy behind the wheel, so I’m gonna let my 105 year old grandma with cataracts drive the bus...”
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Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief

The following is an article by Betsey McCaughey for the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree...
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Socialized docs in UK give up on baby - mother love saves the day

What a wonderful/disturbing story!

Doctors in the United Kingdom took one look at this little baby and gave up on her! They didn't even offer her basic palliative care. But her mom started to hold her while she thought she was dying, and surprise!! the baby responded and started to thrive.

The doctor just took one look at her and said no," said Miss Isbister.

"They didn't even try to help her with her breathing as they said it would just prolong her dying. Everyone just gave up on her."

Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: "All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do.

"Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother's love saved her daughter."

Rachael was moved on to a ventilator where she continued to make steady progress.

Miss Isbister said: "The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope.

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Well so much for the oath to do no harm. We'll all have to prove we'll be "fighters" to deserve care? Welcome to socialized medicine!