Readers of Last Minute Survival will know that I have discussed on many occasions the long term detrimental impacts of socialized health care. Some of the most serious problems that inevitably arise are increasing costs of care (to the point of unaffordable), serious shortages in both drugs and doctors (to the point of unavailability), a decrease in the quality of care (to the point of forced acceptance of lower standards), and an increase in wait time for procedures (to the point of patients dying before than can get definitive care). These problems are endemic to socialized healthcare systems and can be contemporarily witnessed in places like Venezuela where the ability to obtain toilet paper and sutures has become impossible since the socialist takeover of the country’s government. Now, contrary to the rosy picture the Obama Administration has painted of its signature healthcare reform package, the US has begun to demonstrate those very same predictable symptoms of a healthcare system beginning to collapse. In particular, this article looks at the unprecedented spike in drug shortages that have not so coincidentally occurred since Obama took office. Is it time to panic? No, but it is time to take note and reverse the socialist course of governance in the US. Failure to reverse course will lead to the destruction of the US healthcare system in short order. As this article documents, the drug shortages have already begun to dramatically increase. Read more
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What have been the outcomes in every single country where health care has been nationalized? Higher costs, lower quality care, drug and doctor shortages, long waits, and no privacy have all been the natural outcomes. Predictably, these problems have now begun to appear in the US. You already know that the costs of your premiums have skyrocketed, but what you may not have realized is that hospitals all across the nation are experiencing critical drug shortages. What may shock you more is that the drugs in short supply are some of the most widely used and critically needed to treat patients.
At any given time there is always going to be some drug out of the millions produced that is experiencing some time of shortage issue, but when the shortages begin affecting critical drugs used every day by millions we need to take note. Most recently, saline has been in extremely short supply. In fact the shortage is now so bad the US has to import saline from Russia. For those that don’t know what saline it, it is sodium chloride (salt water) PH balanced to provide hydration for the body. You will probably recognize it as they typical “IV” bag. Further, it is critical for the intravenous administration of a huge variety of drugs to include anesthesia. Without saline patients will die. As one of the most commonly used items in hospitals, its shortage should be sounding alarm bells. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm382255.htm Read more