Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What We Have To Look Forward To

We are headed towards a mix of socialized and medicine private insurance. We will have the government providing health insurance for those that do not have insurance from their employer. Anyone think this is a good idea? Read on.

Injured Japanese Man Dies After 14 Hospitals Refuse to Admit Him

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A 69-year-old Japanese man injured in a traffic accident died after paramedics spent more than an hour negotiating with 14 hospitals before finding one to admit him, a fire department official said Wednesday.

The man, whose bicycle collided with a motorcycle in the western city of Itami, waited at the scene in an ambulance because the hospitals said they could not accept him, citing a lack of specialists, equipment, beds and staff, according to Mitsuhisa Ikemoto.

It was the latest in a string of recent cases in Japan in which patients were denied treatment, underscoring the country's health care woes that include a shortage of doctors.

The man, who suffered head and back injuries, initially showed stable vital signs, but his condition gradually deteriorated. He died from hemorrhagic shock about an hour and half after arriving at the hospital, Ikemoto said.

Ikemoto said the victim might have survived if a hospital would have accepted him more quickly. "I wish hospitals are more willing to take patients, but they have their own reasons, too," he said.

The death prompted the city to issue a directive ordering paramedics to better coordinate with an emergency call center so patients can find a hospital within 15 minutes.

The motorcyclist involved in the Jan. 20 accident was hurt too and was also denied medical care by two hospitals before one accepted him, Ikemoto said. He was recovering from his injuries.

More than 14,000 emergency patients were rejected at least three times by Japanese hospitals before getting treatment in 2007, according to the latest government survey. In the worst case, a woman in her 70s with a breathing problem was rejected 49 times in Tokyo.

I realize your sitting there thinking "but Chuck, what does this have to do with us?". Well, wanna guess at what kind of health care system Japan has? A mix of socialized medicine and private insurance. Still think were we are headed is a good idea?

Let me be absolutely clear on this, I cannot emphasize this enough, put it in bold and underline it, put it in large type, socialized medicine is a bad idea. Trust me, I'm a professional.


CJ said...

Chuck, I totally agree with you! I lived in Japan, and everything you said (or quoted) here is true. I have a sister-in-law who lives in England. The waiting lists for surgeries are awful. She had her appendix rupture while waiting for surgery. She says its worse for heart patients. This is what we are headed for.

Having a heart attack? Just sign your name to the list, we will get to you as soon as we can!

shoprat said...

You can warn the lemmings over and over again and they will still dive into the sea.

Chuck said...

CJ, thanks. Canada, Cuba, name a country in Europe. Wherever it's been tried it has failed.

Shoprat, off the cliff

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Hey, but it's hope. And change. What's your problem, man?

stormin said...

we should demand a new program called "work for a government agency of your choice day". this would educate people real quick of the waste, fraud, and abuse that occurs every minute of every hour of every day at all government jobs.

Angie said...

I remember Glen Beck mentioning that in Japan that overweight people are actually forced to go on diets and then if they do not lose enough weight after being on these mandated diets, they are sent to fat/reeducation camps.

Do you know what really floors me? A lot of people I know who seem to like the idea of socialized medicine are either overweight or they smoke and have all sorts of bad health habits.

Caladan said...

It's sad to see how far we've fallen. how big the federal government has gotten, and how little state governments are being "allowed" to do.

Well this is the path that the sheep have chosen for themselves(and some of us unfortunately) all we can do is learn to live in this brave new world......heh.

Z said...

Everything ABOUT America is a 'bad idea' these days.
I'm tired of reading about it and wish we could really DO SOMETHING. Becuase, TRUST me..we're NOT!

Chuck said...

Pasadena, somenone keepsw calling it Chope (or is it choke?)

Stormin, while I was in school I worked for awhile with developmentally disabled adults in a group home. We had to undergo hours of painstakingly simplistic training seminars to work in this environment. I agree with having training to work with this vulnerable group but you would be stunned on how wasteful this county government provided training was.

Angie, I work in health care as an RN. There is an interesting dynamic with people who are incredibly unhealthy, smoking and drinking, and living on the public dole. Without being overly steroetypical, there is a strong correlation with level of education.

Caladan, welcome and thanks for stopping by. As far as living in the brave new world, no we will have to pick up the pieces after Obama has made a mess of things.

Z, agreed.

Average American said...

I saw this article earlier today. Prime example of WHY we don't need socialized healthcare. When Canadians who can afford it, need medical care, they come here and pay for the best rather than wait a week or more for the free shit.