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August 24 2009

Shoddy Care for Muscular Dystrophy in the UK

Nicole Kurokawa Neily

Wow, even government-sponsored media isn't crazy about government-run health care. From the BBC:

"NHS care for patients with muscle-wasting disorders is often ‘inadequate and not acceptable,' MPs and peers say.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Muscular Dystrophy inquiry found huge variations in life expectancy.

People with the disorders also often faced long waits for wheelchairs and having to pay for physiotherapy, the report said."

The article continues:

"It found there was a ‘postcode lottery' when it came to life expectancy, which politicians said would have been a national scandal if it had been related to cancer.

In the north east, sufferers can expect to live to 30 whereas elsewhere those with the condition struggled to reach 18."

Something to keep in mind when touting the benefits of a government-run health care plan?

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