I am so looking forward to government care in my old age. Aren’t you?

Posted by: Phineas on March 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I mean, it’s working so well in Britain:

More than half care home residents denied basic care, unpublished data shows

More than half of elderly and disabled people in care homes are being denied basic health services while staff are failing to to do enough to preserve their dignity, according to an official review.

Some older people routinely have to wait up to three months for formal checks for painful conditions such as bed sores, according to figures from the health care watchdog.

A quarter were not given a choice of male or female staff to help them use the lavatory and more than a third of care homes surveyed admitted delays in getting medication to residents.

Campaigners blamed NHS bureaucrats showing a “lack of interest” and failing to provide expert assessments for conditions as basic as incontinence.


Fresh evidence of the failings in the system was detailed as a raft of previously unpublished data gathered by the health care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) was released.

It was drawn from the first ever nationwide review of how the needs of needs of care home residents across England are met.

The CQC report discloses that people suffering from incontinence have to wait more than two weeks for an assessment of their condition in almost 40 per cent of homes for the elderly surveyed.

But a separate detailed analysis of the CQC data carried out by the British Geriatrics Society, also found that more than 40 per cent specialist providers set themselves a target as long as 90 days to carry out such assessments.

Such delays have led to elderly people being denied the treatment they need or forced to wear incontinence clothing when they do not need it.

Even worse, a quarter of the old folks’ homes surveyed reported that staff had little-to-no idea of what their residents’ care needs are.

Not surprisingly, over a thousand of the elderly descended on Parliament to protest their miserable care and demand the government do something. But therein lies the problem: government did do something and, as government often does when it replaces the private sector and tries to do those things it was never meant to do, it created a mess. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), so admired by President Obama’s now-departed CMS head Donald Berwick, is forced to ration care to control costs — and that apparently includes care for the aged. As the head of the UK Geriatrics Society said:

“What it shows is that there is a massive disconnect between what the NHS aspires to and what it actually delivers to people in care homes and they are the most vulnerable group of people”

While nursing-home care for the elderly isn’t yet part of ObamaCare (1), we can expect it will be someday as the federal bureaucracy moves to take over all aspects of health care.

And we can expect that same “massive disconnect,” too.

via Via Meadia

(1) At least, not that I know of. But then, nobody really knows what’s in the PPACA, do they?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “I am so looking forward to government care in my old age. Aren’t you?”


  1. Kate says:

    I don’t know how anyone can even think the government’s aspiration and outcomes are ever consist! This proves the point. You all know the quaint expression: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Well, here’s an example of how a socialized medical system breaks down over time…leading to the exact problem that they aspired to avoid!

    We have Medicare in this country that aspires to help the elderly get adequate medical care. I have seen more nursing and convalescent homes that do not take Medicare now. Why? Because the payments are inadequate. Few facilities, creates greater need or over populated facilities where care is spread thin.

  2. Marilyn says:

    My mom, at 84, has a hormone imbalance caused by thyroid and parathyroid glands. It IS affecting her daily life.

    Her geriatric specialist doc said, when I questioned why nothing was being done, “oh, we just don’t get aggressive with treatment at this age…”

    It’s already here.

  3. Carlos says:

    Ah, but that would never happen here because we’re going to have 12,496 different layers of bureaucracy to see to it that it doesn’t.

    Just like they have with Medicare/Medicaid. And we all know what a well-oiled bureaucracy those are…

    Yes, the road to hell WAS paved with good intentions. Now we’ll have to see if we can unpave this administration and get back on, if not the straight and narrow, at least a somewhat narrower road that takes us back to the cliff Obhammud has driven us over.

  4. Sefton says:

    While nursing-home care for the elderly isn’t yet part of ObamaCare…

    As Marilyn alluded to, the “Complete Lives System” of Obama and his advisors means elderly care is a non-starter.

  5. Mr. Kimber says:

    Just in time for the babyboomers.

  6. Carlos says:

    Heck, if I was one of the Gen-X “Gimme” generation I wouldn’t want to pay for my generation, either, not after getting the totally screwed-up mess my generation has left them as a legacy to “feel-good” politics, education, liberalism, etc.

    Notice how nearly daily we hear more about how unreasonable it is for the younger ones to foot the bill for we that have already passed our prime income (read: taxpaying) years. Death panels, ya better gear up. We old coots are on our way!

  7. Ron says:

    If Obamacare stays in place the motivation for doctors to excel will disappear. Every physician will be paid for services based on a payment schedule. No matter what motivations that a young doctor may have the sad reality of all socialized medical systems will it them…. The doctor that performs the best gets paid and treated the same as the doctor that barely meets minimum requirements. Welcome to the glorious people’s revolution comrades.

  8. Carlos says:

    Kinda like teachers, huh, Ron?

  9. Ron says:

    Well at least med schools aren’t typically hot beds for progressive / feminist / > insert code word < "justice" agitators. There simply isn't time for it. The educational system was deliberately targeted by the Progs to create schools that make children as different from their parents as possible (paraphrasing Woodrow Wilson). At least teachers will be able to change the places that they teach in order to escape low wages. If Obamacare is enacted the salaries for doctors will be the same everywhere. I'm sure that there will still be motivated doctors, just far fewer of them without the free market.