Thursday, June 08, 2017
Socialized Medicine Kills
Frankly, it seems pretty clear this is murder, and that justice would include the High Court members and the hospital officials facing the death penalty.
In other cases, quacks offer harmful and dangerous "treatment" for non-lethal conditions, after which the child is worse off than before. One British child, 5-yr-old Abubakar Nadama, died as a result of quack treatment for a non-lethal disorder (autism) in the USA. His 11-yr-old sister was present and watched him die. Other children have developed brain tumors after stem cell transplantation.
In my country, where the public health care fund pays just for a basic package and patients have to save themselves if they need more, you often see appeals to donate for treatment of children. I used to respond, but I stopped when I found out than in at least 9 out of 10 cases, the money will go to quacks.
There's something deeply wrong about a system that orders parents NOT to do whatever they can to save a child's life. Even if they fail, having tried they have some consolation in that. Having the state claim "it's good for the child to die, and no, you are not allowed to try to save his life" is simply wrong.
News update is that the EU court has ordered a one week stay of execution while it considers the case.