Friday, October 13, 2006

Single-payer health plans, French-style

The Agence France-Presse is reporting that between May 2004 and May 2005, a new software program at Epinal Hospital in Lorraine led to patients being exposed to excessive doses of X-rays in prostate cancer scans, leading to the death of one man. (See "One dead, 13 injured in X-ray blunder at French hospital".) 13 others became so ill that they have had to be fitted with artificial anuses.

Ouch. Don't get me wrong. I'm all in favor of cyborgs. But a bionic butthole wouldn't be my first choice of replacement parts.

(Many thanks to Pokey for the tip.)

1 comment:

SmoothB said...

I think this is part of the explanation for how single-payer health plans are less expensive than ours: if you kill 7% of your patients before they're sick, you can avoid all that expensive end-of-life treatment. Then all you have to do is make sure you get bulk-savings on artificial anuses, and voila: lower health care spending