Stories like this one just make me so sad, especially now. I can’t help but think this is the old age my generation, and later generations, have to look forward to. We have some brave politicians putting their political careers on the line to avoid this, but they’re up against the political control freaks and the media who want to ensure this is our future.
The Mail Online reported the shocking and sad conditions elderly patients are subjected to under nationalized medicine.
Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital.
The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.
Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders.
The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients’ calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink.
Dehydration contributes to the death of more than 800 hospital patients every year.
Another 300 die malnourished. The latest report – by the Care Quality Commission – found patients frequently complained they were spoken to in a ‘condescending and dismissive’ manner.
The watchdog said three of 12 NHS trusts visited in the past three months were failing to meet the most basic standards required by law.
Read the whole thing and weep. There was a time when elderly people were revered for their wisdom. These days, it’s as if they’re just throw away people – past their prime and a drain on the system. Rather than do something that will see to it that older Americans don’t suffer under such a fate, the Democrats’ answer to the problem is to cut funding to the caregivers. That will mean less caregivers, longer wait times, more hospitalizations, and a lower quality of care.
My mother died penniless. She had to stop working when she got sick. A few years ago it was determined that she was unable to live on her own. She moved into an assisted living facility and we did what we could to help her retain a sense of normalcy. I can’t tell you how many times she was hospitalized. Despite the fact that she didn’t have two nickels to rub together she still received top-notch care. Sure, she had her complaints, nobody likes being in the hospital, but she never endured anything even close to this. Even when her condition deteriorated to the point where she had to be in a nursing home she was treated well, and with dignity. She never had to beg for essentials like food and water. How would her last days have been if her care was rationed by some unelected panel of bureaucrats?
But rationing care to the elderly is exactly what Obamacare does. They’re cutting Medicare funding drastically, rather than trying to reform it. Heck, if you’re on Social Security, you don’t even have the choice to opt out of the program. At least with private insurance there’s some recourse. When government controls everything who do you appeal to? I’ll take my chances with private insurance every day over bureaucrats who only see me as a number.
H/T to Ann Althouse who suspects this may be a form of euthanasia. It’s hard to not to see it that way. How very sad.