The Next Big Thing In Healthcare Rationing

This is an interesting posting from Jonah Goldberg on The National Review's Corner blog:

Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets.  Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge.  The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls.

Doctors warned last night that the practice of "patient-stacking" was putting patients' health at risk.  Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that last year 43,576 patients waited longer than one hour before being let into emergency units.

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  1. medical blog says:

    health care rationing is inevitable. We just need to be fair and honest about it.