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    British Death Panel: Doctors refused to treat infant because of UK health rules

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    In Britain, where the public option is about all most patients get, a newborn has died because national guidelines recommend that the baby not be treated. Yet again, government care produces tragedy.

    The mother, Sarah Capewell, reportedly begged doctors to save the baby, who was born 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy. But guidelines used by Britain's National Health Service say that babies born fewer than 22 weeks into a pregnancy should not be treated.


    The doctors told her to consider her early labor a miscarriage, not a birth, even though, according to Capewell, the boy, whom she named Jayden, was breathing, had a heartbeat and lived for nearly two hours without medical support.


    Investors.com - British Death Panel
    Baby denied medical treatment and handed back to his mother to die - mirror.co.uk
    Premature baby dies as guidelines say he was born too early to save - Telegraph
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaol_121 View Post
    In Britain, where the public option is about all most patients get, a newborn has died because national guidelines recommend that the baby not be treated. Yet again, government care produces tragedy.

    The mother, Sarah Capewell, reportedly begged doctors to save the baby, who was born 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy. But guidelines used by Britain's National Health Service say that babies born fewer than 22 weeks into a pregnancy should not be treated.


    The doctors told her to consider her early labor a miscarriage, not a birth, even though, according to Capewell, the boy, whom she named Jayden, was breathing, had a heartbeat and lived for nearly two hours without medical support.


    Investors.com - British Death Panel
    Baby denied medical treatment and handed back to his mother to die - mirror.co.uk
    Premature baby dies as guidelines say he was born too early to save - Telegraph
    I suppose their excuse is that its all for the greater good, everyone needs to sacrifice, etc. etc. I guess some people are just more equal than others. However you dress this sort of thing up, its still cruel and inhumane. I invite any proponents of nationalized healthcare to take an honest inventory of how they would handle this if it happened to them personally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby View Post
    I invite any proponents of nationalized healthcare to take an honest inventory of how they would handle this if it happened to them personally.
    I would also like to extend such an invitation.
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    As a side note, this is one reason why the US Infant mortality rates are so much higher than in nations where they have UHC - in the UK, this child would have not counted as a death, but rather a miscarriage.

    In the US, if a child is born alive, it is counted as a live birth.
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