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  •  The idea that the UK takes in to consideration (13+ / 0-)

    'employable skills' is laughable. The most absurd thing I've heard since 'death-panels'

    My autistic brother who could never work a day in his life receives very expensive NHS treatment and government funded residential care for various ailments. When I was volunteering in a homeless shelter I met a man who despite having no home and having to rely on charity for clothes and food was receiving cancer treatment three times a week at the local hospital. The same treatment anyone else in the NHS would receive. At the homeless shelter there was a health team that visited and set up a mini-clinic for the day, this involved a doctor and two nurses screening people and referring those who caused concern to relevant GPs/specialists.

    Oh yeah, and at the shelter there was this one lady, not homeless but a fellow volunteer. She has a thick American accent so I assumed she was American. After talking to her it transpired that she'd been born in Gloucstershire, moved to America aged 11, been educated in America, worked as a special needs teacher, then studied microbiology and was about to take up a research job when she became seriously ill with cancer. She could not afford her health care bills and decided to move to the UK where her citizenship would allow her to access care. This was a few months before Obama got elected and believe you me so was VERY excited about Obama.

    •  Precisely (3+ / 0-)
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      ZenTrainer, dansmith17, JerichoJ8

      I find it amazing (and pretty offensive, tbh) that the wingnuts assume that we in the UK are any more in favour of involuntary euthanasia than anybody else is. I've never, ever heard of a case where somebody's been denied treatment on 'productivity' grounds.

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