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Political correctness recently took a dangerous turn in the United Kingdom when the North Bristol National Health Service Trust announced that hospital patients who use offensive, racist, or sexist language will cease receiving medical care as soon as it is safe to end their treatment.

The condition that treatment will not be withdrawn until doing so is safe seems to imply that no one will actually suffer from this policy. However, health-care providers have great discretion to determine when it is “safe” to withhold treatment. So, patients could be left with chronic pain or be denied certain procedures that could improve their health but are not necessary to make them “safe.” Patients accused of racism or sexism could also find themselves at the bottom of the NHS’s infamous “waiting lists,” unable to receive treatment until it truly is a matter of life and death.

Since many people define racism and sexism as “anything I disagree with,” the new policy will no doubt lead to people being denied medical care for statements that most reasonable people would consider unobjectionable.

This is not the first time NHS has withheld treatment because of an individual’s behavior. A couple years ago, another local health committee announced it would withhold routine or nonemergency surgeries from smokers and the obese. Since reducing smoking and obesity benefits both individual patients and the health care system as a whole, this policy may appear defensible. But denying or delaying care violates medical ethics and sets a dangerous precedent. If treatment could be denied to smokers and the obese, then it could also be denied to those who engage in promiscuous sex, drive over the speed limit, don’t get the “proper” number of vaccinations for themselves and their children, or have “dangerous” political views.

Government bureaucrats denying care to individuals for arbitrary reasons is the inevitable result of government interference in the health-care market. Government intervention is supposed to ensure quality and affordable (or free) care for all. But, government intervention artificially lowers the costs of health care to patients while increasing costs to providers. As demand rises and supply falls, government imposes rationing to address the shortages and other problems caused by prior government interference.

Rationing has been part of American health care at least since the passage of the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973. Every plan to expand government’s role in health care contains some form of rationing.

Advocates for government intervention in health care will counter complaints about rationing by saying the related health-care decisions are being made to benefit people’s quality of life. But, claiming government officials know how medical treatment can best enhance quality of life is as absurd as claiming that government officials know the correct prices of automobiles.

The only way to reverse the slide into national health care and rationing is for those who understand the economic and moral case for liberty to keep pushing to replace Obamacare and all other government intrusions into health care. Government-controlled health care must be replaced by free-market health care that empowers individuals to determine for themselves what does and does not enhance their quality of life.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Britain, Health care, Political Correctness, Racism 
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  1. e102 says: • Website

    I don’t think this is fair. The NHS position isn’t that they will look at a patient’s history and dent then treatment if they were a racist. Their position is that if you come in to the hospital and start racially abusing staff and other patients, that won’t be tolerated.

  2. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @e102

    And how does your asserted distinction make any medically ethical difference?

  3. 22pp22 says:

    Britain is a country run by bloody-minded, cowardly womyn who will turn a blind eye to child prostitution (and worse) and then jump down your throat for saying Merry Christmas.

    I emigrated, but the problem is pretty bad here in New Zealand. The people are braver in Australia, but the organs of state and the media are even more PC.

  4. anaccount says:
    @e102

    Care to back that up? I’m going to believe former presidential candidate and doctor Ron Paul until you do.

    Here in the US you’re lucky to get into the emergency room even when your doctor orders it, speaking from experience. They’re too busy midwifing for half of central America, free of charge.

    Don’t like my racism? Too bad, I’m not dead yet.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  5. Marukee says:
    @e102

    e102 is spot on with his comment.
    Pop down to any A&E department on a Friday or Saturday night and see the usual stream of people with alcohol related injuries from accidents or being in fights from drinking far too much.
    There is also a number of people who are abusive to the NHS staff and some that do also get physical down to the drink hence the policy of warning those that act this way.
    I love our NHS…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  6. Paul says:

    How about withholding healthcare from a member of a Muslim grooming gang?

    • Disagree: MBII
    • LOL: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Mr T B'Lia
  7. The “racism and sexism” angle is just a cover for what’s really going on.

    The NHS position is in response to white trash that verbally (and sometimes physically) abuse the staff, who quite frequently are brown. It would be nice if they were able to say so directly, but doing that trips over one of Britain’s hot button issues: class. They can’t simply come out and say “we are sick and tired of dealing with aggressive lower-class scum”.

    • Replies: @Liza
  8. How about withholding healthcare from a member of a Muslim grooming gang?

    Prisoners in the US and the UK are given medical care as needed regardless of their offense.

  9. I really hope this particular Ron Paul post gets lots of comments, and hence, lots of more reads, from many of the alt-right folks that read unz.com. I’ve run into plenty of people that are very sensible on the immigration-invasion and racism (against us) issues that are Socialists in addition. I’ve tried to convince them that Bigger Government is not a solution to anything. They are not imaginative to understand why.

    Indeed, when government controls this very personal and monetarily-significant portion of people’s lives, that gives them leverage to control people in other ways. Big Brother is not your friend. Perhaps my very blog post here will cause me a 3-month delay someday for a knee replacement. Luckily, I’m not stupid enough to support this “single-payer”, aka, government-controlled system that the UK has been burdened with here. I have lots of doctor/nurse friends and family. Cash is King, bitchez!

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  10. @anaccount

    Good comment, Anaccount. We got a $1300 bill for my wife being behind the counter at the ER for about 1/2 an hour. The doc’s charge was $300 which I paid (due to my respect for doctors who spend a significant portion of their life learning, for negative or small wages).

    As to the ER bill, I paid about $250 of it. Even though my doc friend said I could pay $1 monthly, and it could never be sent to a collection agency, I refused to pay one penny more. I got into it with the payments receivable guy on the phone: “Hey, man, I paid enough for my wife. I just don’t have the money to pay for the 5 illegal aliens who were in there with us that afternoon”. (Yes, there were, no BS there). The guy started getting agitated and acted even a bit offended. “Sir, you don’t need to use language like that …” “Hey, it is what is is. I paid our way. Fuck off!” Slam. (sort of)*

    .

    * As Peak Stupidity noted in “Hanging up in style”, modern cellular phones just can’t take the type of dramatic hanging-up activity as your old bakelite ones could. This world’s going to pot…

  11. @Marukee

    I love our NHS…

    Yes, and Big Brother LUVS you too, Marukee. Good luck with … all that …

  12. Amon says:

    free-market health care

    I wonder just how free market it is when the entire health care field is run by a monopoly of corporations that routinely bribes doctors to turn patients into opioid addicts and fails to mention when a “wonder” drug to cure insomnia has a high chance of turning you into a psychopath.

    Hell, I’m sure we all remember the venture capitalist investment banker that purchases the rights to a vital life saving drug and instantly imposed a catastrophic cost increase in the 5000 percent range thus dooming patients to pick either between a painful death or a painful death with usury and mental stress as a side dish.

    Of course you can just get a health insurance, but that leaves you at the whim of a company that could say you are not covered because you had a case of “X” or where doing “Y” when you sought their help to cover your bill.

    Free Markets is a fantasy enjoyed by those who don’t pay for their own treatments.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  13. @Amon

    Of course the whole “industry” will be run by huge corporations after government has gotten heavily involved such that Big Biz can make the laws in its favor. I’m familiar with free market health care in 3 places/times:

    The old America, in which doctors just charged a reasonable amount (baby delivery for my friend, per his Mom was $300 cash, not bad even for the late 1960s). I missed out by quite a bit on the house calls phase, but I do remember that the wasteful bureaucracy was not there, due to much lower government involvement.

    The new America, in which it is often easier to just pay cash in a reasonable amount (for this day and age) to doctors or dentists one knows pretty well. It gets you in ahead of the crowd often too – only fair, because the rest require work effort by the billing department – for one of my doc friend’s businesses that’s 11 people out of 51, SOLELY INVOLVED IN NON-PRODUCTIVE BILLING WORK!

    Deepest, yellowest, but modern, China, in which we had to take our boy to the hospital for what turned out to be a minor skin problem. Peak Stupidity has a 4-part series on this, fairly concise and with some humor – – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

    Talking about fantasies, you Socialists have the fantasies, the most obvious being that, together, we can all defeat that human nature, even the obvious ideas that kids know by Kindergarten.

  14. Realist says:

    Political correctness recently took a dangerous turn in the United Kingdom when the North Bristol National Health Service Trust announced that hospital patients who use offensive, racist, or sexist language will cease receiving medical care as soon as it is safe to end their treatment.

    Whites shitting on other Whites.

  15. Gunga Din says:

    If the dems ever get control again of the WH and congress, they will pass single payer govt healthcare. Their next step will be to deny healthcare to anyone who critisizes them or who uses “hate speech”. Hate speech being defined as anything they say it is. Hyperbole? You better think again.

  16. anonymous[173] • Disclaimer says:

    When did any of us ask to go from nearly 100% White to 50%?

    When anti-Whites shout ‘the Aboriginals!’, they’re admitting that diversity isn’t a strength and immigration isn’t a gift. They are punishments.

    The anti-White’s first obligation is to give back their piece of “stolen property” to who they claim is the “owners”. Instead they import more “thieves” for further stealing.

    ‘Diversity’ is entirely one way with no end in sight. So long as a single White family exists anywhere in this world, an anti-White will demand they be ‘diversified’.

  17. @Achmed E. Newman

    Indeed, when government controls this very personal and monetarily-significant portion of people’s lives, that gives them leverage to control people in other ways.

    Just wait ’til they turn ours into a cashless society.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  18. JasonT says:

    All systems that provide goods and services make decisions about access to supply based on a set of criteria. In a ‘free market’ system of health care goods and services, there is a single criterion – i.e. who can pay for it. Any one who cannot pay the rate does not get access. For a free market health care system to work for most people, the economy needs to be structured to reduce or eliminate wealth disparity, otherwise the system will only be accessible to the wealthy. The U.S. today definitely does not have this kind of economic structure. As a result, in the U.S., a free market health care system is a wet dream of the wealthy.

  19. Patriot says:

    A rapist or terrorist who is shot while committing their crime will be given full medical care at taxpayer expense.

    But if the innocent victim mentions that Blacks commit a disproportionate number of rapes or that Muslim immigrants commit many acts of terror, they will be denied full medical care??

    This PC crap simply has to stop. Send the Marxist-globalists back to Russia.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @MBII
  20. KenH says:

    So should the Hippocratic oath be updated to read “First, do no harm…..unless one is a racist“.

    The land of the Magna Carta has sure gone to hell in a handbasket.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  21. Biff says:
    @Patriot

    Send the Marxist-globalists back to Russia.

    Russia has suffered enough; leave her alone..

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  22. In the British National Health Service a goodly number of employees are black or Indian and it is just basic common sense for the employer to stand up for their employees who may be abused by patients as a matter of staff retention. No one wants to deny anyone life-saving treatment, but staff want to be spared the acting out behaviors of drug addicts and drunks on a Saturday night or New Year’s Eve.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  23. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    But can’t patient misbehavior be dealt with ad hoc? And isn’t having to treat repulsive people, too, part of the clinical practice of medicine?

    Even if you ignore the ethical aspects, a reasonably anticipated problem is that color-coded codifications will be weaponized, used to rationalize neglect of those disfavored by NHS staff. Or is that OK by you if they are mere “drug addicts and drunks”?

    Your position seems naive and elitist.

    • Agree: Liza
  24. Liza says:

    Coming soon to all western countries.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  25. Liza says:
    @Dave from Oz

    That is interesting to hear. Where did you get this info? Are the aggressive lower class scum necessarily “racists”, etc.? Or just garden variety yobs who may not have any “hatred” or “racism” in them?

  26. renfro says:

    The only way to reverse the slide into national health care and rationing is for those who understand the economic and moral case for liberty to keep pushing to replace Obamacare and all other government intrusions into health care. Government-controlled health care must be replaced by free-market health care that empowers individuals to determine for themselves what does and does not enhance their quality of life.

    Oh please….how disgusting to use a loaded topic like no health for racist just to promote ‘free market’ health care and politically promoting ditching Obama care.
    You’re too political to be an decent doctor and too much of a political failure to even keep talking.
    Hang it up, your day is long gone.

    • Troll: Achmed E. Newman
  27. MBII says:
    @Patriot

    Muslim immigrants commit many acts of terror

    All Muslim immigrants commit many acts of terror? Or the vast majority commit no acts of terror, and very few commit few acts of terror?

  28. @MBII

    Right, man, it’s probably only 1 in 5,000 that are even thinking about it. Then, only one in 20 will ever do anything. That’s like one in 100,000, so with only 3 or 5 million Moslems in the US, it works out to only, like 30 to 50 acts of terrorism per … uhhh, if they don’t get themselves blown up, per pay cycle?

    Seriously, your comment does not uplift my spirits in general, but really, that’s not the reason to cut of Moslem immigration though. The reason is simply that Moslems are completely unassimilable other than in onsies and twosies per town, we have nothing in common with them as Americans, and we don’t want the US to become a Moslem country. Is that not reason enough, MBII?

  29. @MBII

    There are the muslims who are involved in rape gangs, those who have multiple children while on public assistance, engage in politics and advocate for more muslim immigration, engage in random acts of violence, the few who engage in killing sprees and then the majority who either quietly support their fellow muslims or lack the courage or will to condemn them. All are engaging in acts of terror.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  30. anonymous[359] • Disclaimer says:
    @e102

    Regardless. The policy negates the Hippocratic Oath, doesn’t it?
    “to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability, to preserve a patient’s privacy, to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, and so on.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  31. @anonymous

    The policy negates the Hippocratic Oath, doesn’t it?

    You’re operating under the assumption that the new crop of doctors in the West even know the Hippocratic Oath. Lots of them follow the Hypocritic Oath: “Above all, keep up the billing and don’t forget to pay the greens fees”.

    (OK, OK, I kid, as I’ve nothing against the previous generation of American doctors. Here’s Peak Stupidity again, with some doctor humor.)

  32. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Futurethirdworlder

    And what of the Christians who either quietly support or lack the courage or will to condemn a Pompeo?

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