Government Controlled & Financed Medicine - Doesn't Work

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Registered: 04-04-2001
Government Controlled & Financed Medicine - Doesn't Work
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NHS budget squeeze to blame for longer waiting times, say doctors

Latest performance data reveal number of English patients waiting more than 18 weeks has risen by 26% in last year

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Registered: 04-04-2001

There are limits to what US taxpayers can provide:

Future care for uninsured dialysis patients in question

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Registered: 03-03-2009

The AMA has lobbied hard to restrict who can "practice medicine".

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 05-03-2011
We have a huge issue with this in my city, illegal immigrants showing up in the ER needing dialysis. It's costing our county hospital millions. The Mexican consul is working to try to get these patients to go back to Mexico for treatment, but I don't think it's been very effective. I don't understand why they can't get stabilized in the ER with dialysis and then put on a plane back home.
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Registered: 01-25-2010

They can.

dragowoman

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Registered: 10-25-2006

My mother is in WI.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Here's some more info on Wisconsin in particular: http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=stats&jd=ch.%20154

I would argue with the doctor that a 90+ year old woman with congestive heart failure is terminal as there is no cure. This lists conditions that could be considered terminal: http://www.maximumhospicecare.com/terminal.html

Good luck on getting what is best for your mother. It's a fight sometimes, but it is worth it to follow their wishes. (((hugs))) I know it's not easy.
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Registered: 01-25-2010

Unfortunately the "public policy" may have been put into law, however, there are some place that have living wills ( I believe that is what it is called) that allow a person to have the living will override the public policy.

dragowoman

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Living wills in at least one state require a notary public's signature. If memory serves, most living wills also stipulate that the individual is of sound mind and judgment at the time the will was made. Pretty much rules out a living will made by people with Alzheimer's or dementia.

The only other option I know of, for making major health care decisions (including a DNR) on behalf an individual, is to get durable power of attorney for health issues. That POA can be granted by the individual affected, or by going the route of court-order on the basis of mental incompetence.

More at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/living-wills/HA00014 and http://www.alllaw.com/articles/wills_and_trusts/article7.asp

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 10-25-2006

No living will that I've seen will allow euthanasia.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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Registered: 10-25-2006

"Patients with congestive heart failure or angina should meet the criteria for the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class IV. (Class IV patients with heart disease have an inability to carry on any physical activity without discomfort. Symptoms of heart failure or of the anginal syndrome may be present even at rest. If any physical activity is undertaken, discomfort is
increased.) Significant congestive heart failure may be documented by an ejection fraction of ≤ 20%, but is not required if not already available."

http://www.rainbowhospicecare.org/PDF/criteria/Heart.pdf

My guess is that most states have similar definitions of "terminal", and my mom can still get around okay.

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http://www.pnhp.org/news/2009/october/meet_the_new_health_.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTBYQlQ7yM

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