Rewarding Hospitals to Let Old People Die? That’s the Wrong Way to Cut Government Spending
October 27, 2012
Originally posted on International Liberty:
I used to think I was in favor of every possible step to reduce the burden of government spending.
- Are agricultural subsidies wasteful and corrupt? Yes, so get rid of the Department of Agriculture.
- Is Medicaid spending out of control? Yes, so cap outlay growth and block grant the program to the states.
- Has NATO outlived its usefulness? Yes, so let’s save money and bring troops home from Europe.
But I confess I’ve come across a budget-cutting strategy that even I can’t support. And it’s not in the area of national defense or public safety, which even I agree are legitimate functions of government.
Instead, I’m talking about the government-run healthcare system in the United Kingdom, which apparently is bribing hospitals to make greater use of the “Liverpool Care Pathway,” which is the UK version of a death panel. Here are some jaw-dropping excerpts from the…
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