When the goal is rationing health care, these are the stories you get

What was that line Obama delivered about about someone needing a pacemaker possibly being just as well off taking painkillers instead of surgery? If you thought no real doctor would ever do that, think again:

A MUM suffering chest pains died in front of her young son hours after being sent home from hospital and told to take painkillers.

Debra Beavers, 39, phoned NHS 24 twice in two days before getting a hospital appointment. But a doctor gave what her family described as a cursory examination lasting 11 minutes, before advising her to buy over-the-counter medicine Ibuprofen.

Ms. Beavers dropped dead of a heart attack just 7 hours later. This isn’t some freak accident or single example of malpractice in the vaunted UK socialized health care system. There are examples of people being denied those same painkillers for broken ankles, waiting times so long to see dentists that people have taken to pulling their own teeth with a pair of pliers, to say nothing of the overall survival rates of various cancers being significantly lower than here in the US. This is a quality that manifests in a system where rationing of health care becomes a critical – if not the critical – priority. And rationing becomes inevitable when you get people to believe that something is free.

Even with all of that, there’s no way a doctor worthy of the name should have missed what was clearly someone in cardiac distress. To make the determination that it was chest pains from over-coughing without even the benefit of such simple tests as an EKG is sheer idiocy. I’d like to hear the doc’s explanation of just how medicine directed these actions. If there was ever a justification for a malpractice suit, this is it.

Question, tho – and I’m asking because I really don’t know – do they allow medical malpractice suits in the UK?