Rewarding Hospitals to Let Old People Die? That’s the Wrong Way to Cut Government Spending


Originally posted on International Liberty:

I used to think I was in favor of every possible step to reduce the burden of government spending.

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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