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Old 04-22-2020, 11:53 AM
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Article from the Gatestone Institute that talks about the socialized health care in Spain and Italy have issued recomdations to hospitals and docs to send home elderly patients to make room for people more likely to survive... and not to mention overcrowding in the hospitals.

Coronavirus: Elderly Europeans Denied Treatment"
In addition to the ethical questions raised by the rationing of healthcare according to age, the denial of medical attention to the elderly, many of whom have paid into the social welfare system all their lives, also casts a spotlight on the shortcomings of socialized medicine in Southern Europe, where austerity measures imposed by the European Central Bank have resulted in massive budget cuts for public healthcare.

In documents leaked to several Spanish media, the Catalan Emergency Medical Service (Servicio de Emergencias Médicas) instructed doctors, nurses and ambulance personnel to inform the families of older patients suffering from coronavirus that "death at home is the best option." ... The protocol also advised medical personnel to avoid referring to the lack of hospital beds in Catalonia.

"My father started working at the age of 14 until he was 65. He never asked for anything. On March 18, he needed a respirator to avoid dying and was denied.... This is the Spain we have. My father's generation built this country, its reservoirs, roads, agriculture, working 14 hours a day, coming out of a postwar period. And they are being left to die." — Óscar Haro, YouTube video, March 20, 2020.

In November 2019, two months before the coronavirus first appeared in Spain, the Spanish government revealed that nearly 700,000 patients were on a waiting list for surgeries. Nationwide, patients had to wait on average 115 days to receive surgery; in Catalonia, patients had to wait nearly six months; in Madrid patients had to wait for six weeks.

The severity of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Spain, where elderly patients are being allowed to die for the benefit of the young, is due in large measure to the austerity measures associated with their membership in the eurozone. The large numbers of dead, especially among the elderly, appears to be the price that Italians and Spaniards are paying to be part of a monetary union which they never should have joined....
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Old 04-22-2020, 12:15 PM
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This was echoed in this country when a women asked Obama about her elderly mother, who was full of life, possibly needing medical care and Obama said that at her age, maybe she would just be given a pill with the intent of making her comfortable as she died.

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