Thursday, July 30, 2009

When Government controls health care, gypsies and other minorities get priority

Great Britain has a national health care system similar to what many on the left want for us. Having the government in charge of health care is fraught with dangers. One danger is minority laws may carry over to the health care system. How would you like to go to the back of a long long just because you don't qualify as a minority?

The Telegraph reported:
They should be given longer consultations, and should be seen by GPs when they walk in without an appointment, even if doctors are fully-booked.

The average length of a consultation is five or ten minutes but travellers will be given 20 minutes and allowed to bring relatives into the consulting rooms.

The guidelines have been introduced because, under race laws, gypsies and travellers are defined as minority ethnic groups and the NHS is obliged to consider their special needs and circumstances.

Yet no special treatment is promised for other groups such as those from the Asian sub-continent or Africa, the Daily Mail reported.

The guidance forms part of the Primary Care Service Framework, drawn up by the NHS Primary Care Commissioning - an advisory service for local health trusts - to help all PCTs understand the Department of Health's policy.

Please note this phrase from the article, "and allowed to bring relatives into the consulting rooms." Under government run health care, you may lose this and other rights you take for granted every time you see a health care provider.