Record numbers of women are being harmed or dying as a direct result of childbirth in what doctors are labelling as “a crisis” in maternity care.
- 391 women have died in childbirth in the last three years, a 21% increase on the previous comparable period.
- The UK now has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Europe, with 13 deaths per 100,000.
- 17676 women have suffered physical harm on labour wards in the last three years – harm such as perforated bowels, necessitation temporary colostomies.
- Maternity medical negligence claims are costing the NHS £1 billion a year
I often hear the British and Canadian models of socialized medicine--the euphemism is "universal health care"--held up as the gold standard for us here in the United States. But click on the socialism label below and read about the troubles those systems have. Yes, ours is expensive, and costs consistently rise faster than does inflation. However, the only real threat to the viability of our own system is replacing it with one modeled on that of Canada or Britain--or even France ("The new estimate comes a day after the French Parliament released a harshly worded report blaming the deaths on a complex health system...")
There are better fixes for what ails us than following the failed plans of others. What's that definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting a different result?
Update: This quote, from this post, bears repeating:
The current health insurance system sucks; turning it into a government monopoly will increase, rather than decrease, the overall level of suckage.