Socialized medicine: 108 year old woman told to wait 18 mos. for hearing aid

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    Daily Mail - UK
    29th July 2007

    A woman aged 108 has been told she must wait 18 months before the Health Service will give her the hearing aid she needs.

    Former piano teacher Olive Beal, one of the oldest people in Britain, has poor eyesight and uses a wheelchair.

    The delay could mean she will be unable to communicate and listen to the music she loves.

    Now her family have said that realistically Mrs Beal is unlikely ever to receive the digital hearing aid that will save her from isolation.

    The one-time suffragette is one of hundreds of thousands of older people made to wait up to two years and sometimes more for modern digital hearing aids that make a dramatic difference to their ability to hear and communicate.

    The case of Mrs Beal comes just a few days after the Mail revealed how another centenarian, Esme Collins, has been threatened with eviction from the nursing home where she has lived for ten years in a dispute between home owners and the local council over her fees.

    The Daily Mail's Dignity for the Elderly campaign has highlighted the way the elderly are made to pay high bills while their needs and interests are sidelined in the system meant to care for them.

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    Socialized medicine at it's best.
     
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    Cue the communist Democrat pod people trying to spin this...

    "Oh, this isn't such a big deal, needing a hearing aid doesn't constitute a medical emergency"

    "This shows how much more efficient socialzed medicine is with respect to our system - clearly British doctors are much better at prioritizing than ours"

    "She had to wait so long because all of the doctors were busy giving excellent care to to people who were in dire need of it"

    Makes sense - Dems hate the elderly almost as much as they hate the unborn and would probably start euthanasia clinics if they could. I know! They could call it "Planned Adulthood" and you could bring your elderly mother and father to be put to sleep if they became a nuisance.

    We should email this to Obammy and see what he thinks.
     
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    This is too long to wait.

    they should improve the system they have to better serve their people.

    Now do you want to talk about the elderly Americans who worked a full working life and will never be able to afford a hearing aid?
     
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    Medicaid will pay for a hearing aid for poor elderly Americans....but not for rich elderly Americans...as it should be....
     
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    Umm Medicare I think....
     
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    Medicare does NOT cover...
     
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    Well, damn at least she's getting one. Most private insurance companies don't cover hearing aids.
     
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    Free health care you get what you pay for..
     
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    If the chattering ideologues will let me get a word in.

    It's not the fault of "socialised medicine" - is that a juju phrase for you folks btw, the little mantra pops up now and again, saves having to argue the point I suppose.

    The local authority has a fixed budget. It has to cover a lot of people on that budget. The money that's available has to be prioritised. One thousand pounds for a hearing aid for this lady might be better spent elsewhere on someone who has a greater needs. That's just straightforward financial decision-making.
     

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