Obese people will be routinely refused operations across the NHS, health service bosses have warned, after one authority said it would limit procedures on an unprecedented scale.
Hospital leaders in North Yorkshire said that patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – as well as smokers – will be barred from most surgery for up to a year amid increasingly desperate measures to plug a funding black hole. The restrictions will apply to standard hip and knee operations.
Chris Hopson, the head of NHS Providers, which represents acute care, ambulance and community services, said: “I think we are going to see more and more decisions like this.
Welcome to rationing. As simple and as bad as it may sound, sometimes there is some validity to it. If you decide to ration because money is an issue then some people will just NOT get treated. It is what it is. I find it funny when the national health system advocates or single payer system advocates over here in the US think that this is a bad thing. You cannot have it both ways. In other words, there cannot be an all-you-can-eat buffet of healthcare just because we eliminate the insurance companies. Just like they ration, we would ration. Just like the NHS is waitlisting the obese and the smokers then, dare I say, we would do the same thing.
And then all hell would break loose.