SOCIALIZED MEDICINE LACKS FUNDS IN OIL WEALTHY NORWAY TO CLEAN HOSPITAL WINDOWS…….

Socialism, no matter where it’s tried, is a failure.

I don’t want to hear about how the US health system failed, hence the need for Obamacare, the US government has long since before Obama meddled in healthcare, causing sharp prices in care and keeping citizens from shopping around the US for a better healthcare insurer. Heavy handed quotas for doctors license have kept the price of a doctor sky high, and subsidized universities and colleges have driven up the cost of educating them. One will have to ask, why is it that doctors used to be able to make house calls, and the patients able to afford it?

Norway hospital saves cash with dirty windows

Norway hospital saves cash with dirty windows

Stavanger University Hospital viewed from the air. Photo: Stavanger health authority

Published: 22 Apr 2015 23:29 GMT+02:00

Stavanger University Hospital estimates that by ceasing to wash windows that cannot be reached easily from the ground level, it will save some 200,000 kroner per year ($25,000) by not needing to hire a crane.

“It says something about the tough priorities when it comes to spending,”  Emma Husabø Manin, head of internal services at the hospital, told the local Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper. “Cleaning the windows our own staff cannot reach is not a priority this year.”

Despite its 4.7bn kroner annual budget, the hospital has  been facing severe financial problems recently, with patients placed in the corridors because of a shortage of hospital beds.

The hospital crisis in Stavanger is so serious that it was raised in a debate in Norway’s national parliament, the Storting, on Monday.

Earlier this month, the Norwegian Nurses Organisation warned that the hospital was in danger of failing to provide an acceptable standard of care.

US HEALTHCARE LAW ARCHITECT: LACK OF TRANSPARENCY (IN THE LAW) IS A HUGE POLITICAL ADVANTAGE…….

 

A term for your healthcare predicament, you’ve been ”Grubered”.

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Every time you run into a major speed bump in your healthcare policy, just think of MIT professor Jonathon Gruber. This is the sign of a nation in decay, outright lying is deemed virtuous, disingenuously crafted legislation and marketing it to the people as something that its not, humanitarian.

NOTE: It’s being reported that the Penn State University removed the 51 minute video where Gruber makes the statement on transparency (starts at the 21:30 mark), but they’ve reinstated it once again, most likely due to backlash.

Obamacare Architect: Lack of Transparency Was Key Because ‘Stupidity Of The American Voter’ Would Have Killed Obamacare

PATRICK HOWLEY

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting Obamacare passed because “the stupidity of the American voter” would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.

Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during Obamacare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.

More here.

Listen to the arrogance of the man. These are the kinds of ‘masterminds and geniuses’ that Mark Levin often talks about who really do think that they know more about you, your individual lives, than you yourself.

FINLAND: PATIENTS ‘QUEING UP’ LONGER THAN 6 MOS FOR DENTAL APPOINTMENTS…….

 

Think about it my fellow Americans, think about it very hard. 

There is actually a legal requirement stipulating that patients should not be forced to wait ”longer than 6 mos”. Really. Socialized medicine in the raw. Health insurance (heh…free) does not mean actual health care.

Dentists in capital report huge differences in waiting lists

Hammaslääkäri

Increased pressure on dental services at the start of the year has put further pressure on the capital’s dental services, health cheifs say. Helsinki health authority reports that over 13,000 patients are queuing for an appointment, with some waiting times exceeding the six-month legal requirement. Meanwhile residents of neighbouring Espoo can find and book an available slot straightaway over the phone.

Image: YLE Etelä-Karjala

Health authorities in the capital region are reporting large differences in waiting times for dental care.

In Helsinki, health chiefs report that demand for dental care increased noticeably at the start of the year, with long queues also reported in Vantaa.

Patients needing to see a dentist are continuing to face long waits in Helsinki. The city reports that the backlog of non-urgent appointments currently runs to over 13,000 people. Some of those have been queuing for over six months for an appointment, exceeding the maximum waiting time set down by law.

The waiting list grew at the start of the year, according to chief dentist for the Helsinki health authority, Merja Auero.

“In Helsinki demand for dental services at health centres has grown massively. Earlier this year we were seeing around 1,000 new requests to see a dentist every week, compared to around 700 the year before,” she said.

More here.

EU LAW TO OVER BURDEN FINNISH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM EVEN MORE…….

 

End the EU.

collapsing EU

Finland’s health care situation is already big government (socialist) based, long lines forces many to opt for private care, in effect, paying twice (almost) for the same service. This EU legislation, concocted by some faceless bureaucrat hack somewhere in Europe, now stands to burden the system even more.

Catheter Ashton

Could new EU rules trigger a Finnish healthcare crisis?

Turku’s Turun Sanomat carries a warning of how changes to the EU’s working time directive could bring on-call healthcare to a standstill in Finland, by making current employment arrangements with doctors illegal.

So-called ‘free-form’ on-call systems currently rely on doctors being on standby, meaning they are not paid a full salary, but only receive money for the time spent on care duties.

However, the paper reports that in a precedent-setting case, judges in the EU Court of Justice – which interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way across the Union – ruled that even when an employee is on standby this must be counted as full-time work.

“It is very likely that current arrangements cannot continue as they are,” Risto Ihalainen from the Finnish Medical Association tells the paper.

If every health authority offering an on-call service was forced to begin paying staff full time rates, salary costs would increase dramatically and overtime limits would soon be breached. Changes in the directive would also apply to other professions as well as doctors, Turun Sanomat adds.

More here.

TEA PARTY SENATE CHALLENGERS FOR OLD BULL SEATS: NO BAND AID ON OBAMACARE, FULL REPEAL IF ELECTED……..

 

Game on, support these patriots!

April 05, 2014, 05:30 pm

Tea Party challenger threatens to ‘kill’ O-Care

By Tim Devaney

The Tea Party candidate who is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) promised to “kill” ObamaCare, if he gets elected in November.

“We are not going to stand with an eye toward trying to place a Band-Aid on ObamaCare,” Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel said at FreePAC Kentucky, a conservative gathering in Louisville on Saturday. “We’re not going to fix it. We’re going to kill it.”

The event featured a number of other Tea Party speakers, including two who are running against fellow Republicans in the November elections. Many in the Tea Party are upset that mainstream Republicans aren’t doing more to fight the Obama administration.

McDaniel hopes to unseat six-term Cochran, who has been in office since 1978. While Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who was also speaking at the event, is vying to defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a five-term senator.

“They say this race I’m in right now is a test of the old guard,” McDaniel said in a deep Irish accent. “I’m not sure what that means. I know my opponent has been there 42 years, been there as long as I’ve been alive. Richard Nixon was president when he arrived.”

Cochran has actually been in office for 36 years, but he did run Richard Nixon’s campaign in Mississippi in 1968.

McDaniel promised to fight ObamaCare, but said he was disappointed that many Republicans have given up in the battle.

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have given us an outstanding example of what courage can do, of what real leadership can do,” he said. “They stood there doing their best to defund ObamaCare. That was a fight they should have fought, it was a fight we should have won. But the same old (Republicans) told us that was not a winnable solution.”

McDaniel said the GOP should learn to stand up for itself and shouldn’t be afraid to go against the Obama administration.

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FINNISH HEALTH CARE: NEW ‘REFORM’ PROMISED WILL SEE INCREASE IN THE BUREAUCRACY……..

 

The planners plan, and the schemers scheme, and yet utopia will always fail to materialize.

Increased bureaucracy?

The opposition Finns Party is concerned about the additional red tape that might come in with the new regions.

“This proposal increases administration and bureaucracy from current levels,” said Hanna Mäntylä, a Finns Party MP on the parliamentary committee responsible for health and social care.

Centre Party politicians, meanwhile, suggested the proposal was unworkable.

“On the basis of this model a financing reform cannot be implemented,” said the Centre’s parliamentary group chair Kimmo Tiilikainen. “Administration is mixed up and scattered.”

Minister: If healthcare reform was easy, it would’ve already happened

Minister of Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen on Thursday received a long-awaited paper proposing reforms to the Finnish social and health care system.

 Kirsi Varhila luovuttaa Sote-järjestämislain valmisteluryhmän ehdotuksen Susanna Huoviselle Säätytalolla.

Basic services minister Susanna Huovinen receives a report on reform of health and social care in Finland. Image: Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva

Minister of Health and Social Services Susanna Huovinen on Thursday received a long awaited paper proposing reforms to the Finnish social and health care system.

The ministerial working group proposes that services should be based around key regional centres rather than municipalities, as is currently the case. The government hopes merged service regions will create economies of scale, as the new regions would be based on towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

The Helsinki metropolitan area would form a single so-called health and social service area, while regional municipalities would have the option of clubbing together to provide services if they so desire.

Huovinen emphasised the difficulty of persuading more than 300 municipalities to accept a model of reform.

Reform isn’t easy

“If this was easy, it would’ve happened already,” said the minister, who declined to take a stand on how the government might change the working group’s recommendations. Even some of the experts on the working group disagreed with parts of the report, which should become law in 2015 with the new regional authorities coming into being in 2017.

More here.

FINNISH CANCER PATIENTS GOING ABROAD FOR CARE DUE TO LACKLUSTER STATE HEALTHCARE SITUATION…….

 

Socialism always fails to live up to its utopian promises.

As Obamabots and the Democrat party (helped along by RINOs from the formerly conservative Republican party) plow full steam ahead into socialist socialized medicine.

Obama_Doctor

Markus Henriksson from the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, Valvira, denies that Finland’s standard of cancer care has deteriorated. He claims Finland is still a world leader in the treatment of the disease, although he admits that patients must sometimes queue for treatment and that it would be good if the wait was shorter.

NOTE: Get used to that word my fellow Americans, QUEUE. I you don’t repeal Obamacare in full, it’s there to stay.

Finnish cancer care “mediocre” says health tourism firm

Chairman of the Board and co-founder Mika Heinonen believes that health tourism is a rapidly growing business. His company, Medifi, flies patients to India for cancer treatment. However, Valvira and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is not as enthusiastic about the benefits of care abroad.

Espoolainen Eija Heinonen valmistautumassa sädehoitoon täsmäsädehoitolaitteessa intialaisessa sairaalassa.

Health tourism sees some Finnish patients seeking cancer care in India. Image: Yle

Some patients in Finland are not content with the public health system and are choosing the fast tracked, cheaper option of going overseas, rather than going private at home. Medifi began operations last summer, with its key remit being to fly patients out for health care in different countries. According to CEO Mika Heinonen, there are no similar companies in Finland – at least not yet.

“We intend to expand our operations in Sweden and Russia. Easy surgery patients are exported to Estonia and difficult surgeries to India,” says Heinonen.

The easy surgical procedures he refers to are simple day surgeries, the more difficult, for example, cancer surgery. Estonia is already a popular choice for so-called health tourists from Finland. The company also plans to extend operations to Sweden and Russia.

Is Finland’s level of care slipping?

Medifi’s marketing claims that the Finland’s supposed top quality health care is not all it’s cracked up to be. For example, cancer treatment is not as good as commonly believed. Heinonen goes so far as to describe it as “mediocre” all the time.

He claims to be well acquainted with the Finnish public health system due to 14 years experience as a nurse. He originally trained as a practical nurse and later acquired qualifications as a registered nurse, as well as becoming a certified tour guide.

India’s private hospitals have modern equipment and its doctors are trained at first rate universities. Private care is less expensive than in the west — a single treatment trip to India costs a patient around five thousand euros, according to Heinonen.

Health tourism is a fast growing sector in India and Medifi claims it has airlifted between one and four patients there each month since summer this year.

More here.

PAUL ‘KLUDGEMAN’: OBAMACARE MESS A SIGN FOR NEED OF MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL……

 

Pure doofus.

It shows what kind of age we live in (unparalleled mediocrity), that a buffoon like Paul Krugman, now to be known here as ‘Paul Kludgeman’, is a celebrated guru of how anything should be run, let alone of a state with over 300 million people.

“Still, the fact remains that Obamacare is an immense kludge–a clumsy, ugly structure that more or less deals with a problem, but in an inefficient way,” writes Krugman.

KRUGMAN ADMITS: ‘OBAMACARE ENDED UP BEING A BIG KLUDGE’

by WYNTON HALL 28 Oct 2013 

After months of boldly promising that Obamacare would be a smashing success, New York Times progressive columnist Paul Krugman nowconcedes that President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhual is a “mess” and that “Obamacare ended up being a big kludge.”

Krugman spent months blasting “the sheer meanspiritedness of Obamacare opponents” and issuing proud proclamations that “the real Obamacare shock will be one of unexpected success.” On the grand opening of the Obamacare exchanges, Krugman explained to readers that the cascade of website failures were actually “good news, not bad, for the program.”

Now, however, Krugman says “the good news about HealthCare.gov, the portal to Obamacare’s health exchange, is that the administration is no longer minimizing its problems. That’s the first step toward fixing the mess.”

Krugman contends that limited government ideology is to blame for Obamacare’s failures because it is “fundamentally hostile to the notion of the government helping people.” Furthermore, he posits that the government’s inability to run Obamacare only proves that the government should run all of healthcare in a so-called “single payer” government takeover.

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BRAIN SURGEON COMPARES OBAMACARE TO SLAVERY AND SOVIET COMMUNISM…….

 

I think he’s hit the nail on the head.

obama crazy faced forward

Top down, centralized, authoritative government demanding that you purchase a product, a badly designed product at that, realigns the constitutionally founded relationship between the citizen and the state. This is what the Founders and the Framers of the US constitution fought a 8 year war over with a tyrant king, and something that they hoped to avoid with the division of power between the three separate branches of government.

H/T: Stefan Metzeler via Adrian Cojocaru

WHO JUST COMPARED OBAMACARE TO AMERICAN SLAVERY AND SOVIET COMMUNISM?

Oct. 11, 2013 3:43pm Fred Lucas

Dr. Benjamin Carson declared Friday that “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

Carson, a former professor of neurosurgery, oncology and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, spoke Friday at the Values Voters Summit in Washington.

Ben Carson Compares Obamacare with Slavery and Community

“I have to tell you, you know, “Obamacare” is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said. “In a way, it is slavery, in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government.”

The statement prompted a strong standing ovation.

“It was never about health care,” Carson continued. “It was about control and that’s why – that’s why when this administration took office it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically. All forces were directed toward getting this legislation passed.”

Carson rose to prominence earlier this year for his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, and has fielded some calls to run for president in 2016. Carson didn’t address that in his remarks, but is in company at the summit with numerous other presumed Republican contenders including Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

More here.

U.S. SENATOR TED CRUZ FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT IN THE SENATE……..

 

His fellow Republicans refusing to back him are by default supporting the funding of Obamacare, that thought should be branded on every American’s thinking come election time, resulting in their being primaried out of the election process with true conservative representatives filling their slot.

cruz against all odds

More here.

Cruz Sets Confrontational Tone as Senate Debate Begins

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SARAH PALIN SAYS TED CRUZ IS RIGHT ON TARGET, BOMBS AWAY……..

 

She’s right, Ted is right, keep blasting away at Obamacare.

Then there are those sounding like surrender monkeys, as in Sen.Rand Paul, who said in Michigan yesterday that ‘we probably can’t get rid of Obamacare‘. UPDATE: (Rand walks it back) That’s sounding a lot like some of the patriots fighting the British during the War of Rebellion (a.k.a. The Revolutionary War) who became disillusioned due to the many setbacks of the war.

Thankfully Gen.Washington (who most certainly had his doubts) persevered to carry on the fight, not once voicing his justified concerns openly to the enemy. That is something conservatives should learn to embrace, never give up, keep your fears to yourself and fight the good fight, letting resolve determine events, not the flapping lips of despair.

Hang in there, Ted and Mike. You have millions of supporters among ordinary hardworking Americans. We support you because you don’t shy away from the fray. May your colleagues in the Senate gain the wisdom to support your excellent efforts so that you can see that the view is better from inside the bus than under it.

Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.

NOTE: Noticeably, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio aren’t as engaged in the fight as Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. It should be the Magnificent Four, not just the Dynamic Duo.

palin says cruz is right on target 22.9.2013

Following the will of the people is apparently a novel idea in D.C. these days. Just ask Senator Ted Cruz and his liberty-loving posse on Capitol Hill who have led the charge to defund Obama’s train wreck.

Those of us who hang in there supporting a major political party with our energy, time, and contributions would like to believe that that party would praise principled conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for following through on campaign promises. We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way these bold leaders have rallied the grassroots to their cause. But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless.

We’re now, once again, subjected to the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. The Capitol Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Senator Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.

Welcome to our world, Ted. The same people have been denouncing conservatives like me for years (right after they ask for help fundraising for themselves or endorsing the latest candidate they’ve suckered into paying their exorbitant consulting fees). We can compare shiv marks next time we meet, my friend.

More here.

ERIC CANTOR USING SLIGHT OF HAND POLITICAL TRICKERY TO APPEAR VOTING DOWN OBAMACARE BUT CEMENTING INTO IN PLACE………

 

Throw this Heckle, of the other side of Jeckle from power within the GOP leadership, enough is enough!

Call your state congressman people, tell them that this bull-crap isn’t going to fly any longer. Then primary their butts out of congress!

GOP DOC: VOTE TO DEFUND OBAMACARE, LET SENATE ERASE IT

by MATTHEW BOYLE 10 Sep 2013, 11:09 AM PDT 

A document House Majority Leader Eric Cantor distributed to all House Republicans on Tuesday, obtained by Breitbart News, confirms that he is planning to make it appear as though the House is voting to defund Obamacare while using a legislative procedural trick which would allow the Democrat-controlled Senate to strip defunding language from the Continuing Resolution.

[…]

Breitbart News reported on this plan from Cantor and others in House GOP leadership on Monday evening. After that story, a prominent House conservative source told Breitbart News that members who support defunding Obamacare are organizing and plan to whip against Cantor’s ploy.

“Expect a significant whip effort against the rule among the rank and file if they try to pull the trick on defunding,” the conservative source said.

In a statement provided to Breitbart News, ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell denounced Cantor’s and Boehner’s ploy. “The latest move announced today by Speaker Boehner and House Republican leadership is nothing more than a cheap parliamentary trick. Once again these Republican ‘leaders’ have failed to commit to defund ObamaCare by any means necessary,” Bozell said.

More here.