Most leftists (and center-leftists) consider the British/Northern Irish “single payer” system (which is actually a quadruple payer, as each province has its own system) as the health care nirvana. As the Robertscare tech fiasco continues, one suspects to see lefties insisting that none of this would have happened if we had just gone whole hog to socialized medicine. The only surprise is that I haven’t seen the claim on Facebook yet.
A plan to create the world’s largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service is to be abandoned by the Government after running up billions of pounds in bills. Ministers are expected to announce next month that they are scrapping a central part of the much-delayed and hugely controversial 10-year National Programme for IT.
Instead, local health trusts and hospitals will be allowed to develop or buy individual computer systems to suit their needs – with a much smaller central server capable of “interrogating” them to provide centralised (UK sp) information on patient care. News of the Government’s plans comes as a damning report from a cross-party committee of MPs concludes that the £11.4bn programme (UK sp) had proved “beyond the capacity of the Department of Health to deliver”.
One would hope that the failure of the Brits to solve this problem – given they have a longer history of government-centralized health care than anyone – would give some on the left pause before insisting that a British copy is our answer.
One would hope.