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Infanticide: Britain's burdensome babies
In Britain, the National Health Service gives hospitals financial incentives to place patients on a controversial end-of-life pathway in which treatments, including food and water in some cases, are withheld from those deemed near death, The Telegraph of London revealed in October. Now another British publication has revealed this horrifying fact: disabled and terminally ill children are also put on this "pathway." Literally, they are starved to death.
Single-payer health care systems like the NHS must ration care. It is inevitable. Despite the government's taxing power, there is not enough money to pay for every individual's every health care need. In Britain, care is rationed in many ways, including by making people wait weeks, even months, to get treatment. In the last decade another rationing method has been developed: the Liverpool Care Pathway, by which patients considered near the end of life are denied treatment and put on the "pathway" to death.
Until recently it was believed that the LCP was used only on elderly and terminally ill patients (130,000 a year). But then a doctor wrote in the British Medical Journal that children, including infants with severe disabilities, are being placed on the LCP. Children whose lives are written off as "futile" by doctors are placed on the LCP by their parents, The Daily Mail of London reported. They are then denied food and fluids. They shrivel and die.
This is the logical end result when nationalized health care is mixed with the belief that quality of life is more important than life itself. An otherwise civilized people begins to exterminate its children to prevent them from becoming burdens.
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