See This Is Why Universal Health Care Sucks

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CNN  A leading UK hospital has defended its practice of using organs donated by smokers after the death of a soldier who received the cancerous lungs of a heavy smoker.  Corporal Matthew Millington, 31, died at his home in 2008, less than a year after receiving a transplant that was supposed to save his life at Papworth Hospital — the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital, in Cambridgeshire, east England.  Papworth Hospital released a statement saying using donor lungs from smokers was not “unusual.”  The statement added that the hospital had no option but to use lungs from smokers as “the number of lung transplants carried out would have been significantly lower,” if they didn’t.

 

Are you kidding me?  So they gave the guy a cancer transplant?  The main thing to take out of this story is the final sentence, they are only concerned with churning out as many transplants as possible.  It’s a numbers game with socialized medicine, not quality of care.  Yeah in America you’ll have to have insurance to get new lungs but I can promise you aren’t going to get the ones that belonged to George fucking Burns.  What else are they doing in the UK?  Are they giving people the livers of alchoholics or the pancreases of diabetics?  I’d rather pay some insurance company 160 bucks a month and know that I’m getting taken care of.  I don’t want some free doctor whose only medical training is playing the game “operation” as a kid.  But hey, at least Corporal Millington didn’t have to pay for the lungs…that’s what it’s all about anyway right?

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