ALERT: Here’s What’s Happening In THIS Country After Implementing Single Payer Healthcare


In yet another blow to those proclaiming to one and all that healthcare is a human right and everyone else should finance it comes more news from a country that has already implemented single payer, socialized medicine. The United Kingdom is now laying down the law denying any and all non-urgent surgeries to patients the government considers to be obese and smokers.

The recent decision was made by a pair of NHS clinical commissioning groups and has prompted the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) to warn that the new policies go “against clinical guidance”.


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Mr. Ian Eardley, senior vice-president at the RCS states of the new policy –


“Singling out patients in this way goes against the principles of the NHS. While it is right that patients are supported to lose weight or stop smoking, this should not be a condition of them receiving surgery.

This goes against clinical guidance and leaves patients waiting long periods of time in pain and discomfort. It can even lead to worse outcomes following surgery in some cases.


We are concerned that the policies in Hertfordshire are just the tip of the iceberg. In a report last year, we found that over a third of areas in England had similar policies, and we know that these policies have become much more commonplace since then. What is especially concerning is that not only are more clinical commissioning groups implementing such policies, they are also implementing increasingly harsher policies, restricting patients access to surgery even further.

Often we find that these policies are brought in to help alleviate financial pressure. The irony is that such policies can actually cost more as patients are simply treated at a later date and may need other healthcare in the interim. Many patients waiting long periods will require pain relief medication and physiotherapy while waiting and their condition may be more complex to treat when they are eventually referred.”

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The policy restricts patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 from being referred for routine surgery unless they are able to reduce their BMI by 10%, according to NHS Herts Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS East and North Hertfordshire CCG. Smokers are required to have quit for a minimum of eight weeks prior to being referred for surgery.

A breath test will be used to prove they have quit, detecting the levels of carbon monoxide in their bloodstream.  This is just the most recent in an increasing mass of discriminatory policies being used by CCGs in an effort to save money.  Other recent policies require patients to be in varying degrees of pain and others have even imposed out and out bans on surgery at ALL for several months as a cost-cutting measure.

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