Before you hold up the UK's NHS as a sterling example of universal healthcare, you might want to read this article:
Patients in Health Service hospitals are far more likely to go hungry than criminals in jail, scientists warned yesterday.
They say frail and elderly patients do not get the help they need with meals, and nobody checks whether they get enough to eat.
Despite years of Government promises to tackle poor hospital nutrition, food still arrives cold, and patients often miss out because meal times clash with tests and operations.
The latest figures show 242 patients died of malnutrition in NHS hospitals in 2007 - the highest toll in a decade. More than 8,000 left hospital under-nourished - double the figure when Labour came to power.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on Sep. 1, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
That is really sad. My mother is in a nursing home, and they assign a person to sit next to her and encourage her to eat. The meals are nutritious, tasty. and always served warm. Without someone to sit beside my mom and encouraging her, she wouldn't eat.
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Answer by lovinangels at 2:34 PM on Sep. 1, 2009
ditto for Medicare. The government run health system for the elderly in our country is just as bad. If an elderly person who only has Medicare has to go to a nursing home, the care can be just as bad. Go visit a nursing home and see for yourself. The trays of food that just get put in rooms, and then picked up again - uneaten. The poor overworked social worker trying to get everyone everything needed but bumping heads against government red tape. Then, picture that problem being transferred to the hospitals we are all use to going to and being treated like a paying customer. We will be treated like a bothersome leech. Go. See for yourself. I learned so much when my MIL was in/out these facilities so much in the past year. We were lucky. She had BC/BS. Others don't. It was the PRIVATE insurance that got her good care. Not the government Medicare.
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