Monday, May 28, 2007

Going Blind Under British Socialized Medicine

The rationing of health care under the government-run British National Health Service (NHS) has reached a new low for retired policeman Leslie Howard, who is suffering from age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can cause permanent blindness in a matter of months:
...Mr Howard, 76, has been told by health chiefs not to expect a penny of NHS treatment until he goes blind in one eye and starts losing sight in the other.
Nor is he the only one:
Retired midwife Doreen Kenworthy was last week given the devastating diagnosis that she was suffering from the eye condition age-related macular degeneration.

But her shock was compounded when doctors told her the NHS would not pay for treatment until she lost the sight in her affected eye and began to lose it in the other -- although further loss of sight could be prevented if she paid out thousands of pounds for private care.
The bureaucrats that manage the NHS should be thankful that there's no literal "eye for an eye" penalty for their policies. (Via John J. Ray.)