Monday, January 14, 2008

Socialized Medicine At Work

Britain is considering harvesting organs without consent. Here’s the Prime Minister’s statement. I’m not sure that the NHS deserves much birthday cheer – or for that matter, the power to harvest organs without informed consent. All the incentives are lining up for pushing toward taking organs sooner than later.

“Presumed” consent is a lot easier to get than having people, you know, have some actual say in the matter. (It’s also somewhat humorous that Britain, the Mecca of Socialized Healthcare, as such a crummy donation rate at 13 per million, compared to the U.S.’s 25 per million). It’s likely that the NHS has made medical care in Britain worse for most people. But healthcare nincompoopery has broad support on both sides of the aisle.

In a related nanny state note, Britain also wants to microchip criminals. If nothing else, it will make them easier to find when more organ donors are needed.

Given the prevalence of the British security camera state, it won’t be long before everyone is microchipped, probably starting with children as a security measure (It’s for the Kids!).