Monday, July 12, 2010

Berwick, Obama's Body Czar, "I Fell In Love With Brit Health Care"

  • Society needs a "radical transfer of power" for medical equity.

  • Britain sets a new record on late-term abortions last year, with 3000 children over 20 weeks gestational age being aborted, the Daily Telegraph reports. The official statistics show that the great majority of these abortions were for what is termed "lifestyle reasons."

  • "NICE" -National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - in Britain also supports euthanasia - Full scale of euthanasia in Britain. Fury as number of 'assisted deaths' claimed to be 18000.

  • Berwick "One Man Death Panel"

  • Medical quality today decided by skin color. Berwick, highlights race as a factor in health care reform. “It’s still true that race, minority race, especially being black in our country, is the strongest critique that we have about health,” said Berwick.

  • Prostate cancer mortality is 604 percent higher in the U.K. and 457 percent higher in Norway than U.S.

  • Americans have better access to treatment for chronic diseases than patients in other developed countries.[3] Some 56 percent of Americans who could benefit are taking statins, which reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease. By comparison, of those patients who could benefit from these drugs, only 36 percent of the Dutch, 29 percent of the Swiss, 26 percent of Germans, 23 percent of Britons and 17 percent of Italians receive them. From

  • Americans spend less time waiting for care than patients in Canada and the U.K

  • People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and British adults say their health system needs either "fundamental change" or "complete rebuilding

  • Americans have much better access to important new technologies like medical imaging than patients in Canada or the U.K.

  • Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations

  • Berwick will now spear head efforts to cut $500 billion in Medicare and Medicaid programs

  • Berwick, a leading advocate of rationing health care. He favors rationing “with our eyes open.”

  • Berwick believes that ultrasounds in normal pregnancies and cesarean sections amount to an “assault” and wants to cut prenatal care programs.

  • Berwick has repeatedly expressed his support for a single-payer healthcare system. Berwick has stated that if he could “wave a wand…
    * Health care is a common good – single payer, speaking and buying for the common good;* Health care is a human right – universality is a non-negotiable starting place;* Justice is a prerequisite to health –equity is a primary quality goal.” From

  • Berwick doesn’t trust the free market. “Don’t trust market forces,” Trust “leaders with plans.”

  • Berwick will cut preventative care in cases such as mammograms and ultrasounds.

  • On “End of Life Care,” Berwick stated in a 1993 speech that “only a minority of patients, families, and clinicians support prolonged use of life-sustaining procedures and dramatic interventions in the terminal states of illness, yet substantial use of these procedures continue.”