Finnish ”Healthcare Reform” fizzles out

It appears that the much-talked about Finnish “healthcare reform” will not take place before the next elections and that the present governing parties will probably be absent form the next government after the general election in 40 days.

This reform can best be described as one of the most hopeless political circuses of modern times with 2 parties handing out private sector jobs and opportunities to their party friends. The level of corruption and “pork-barrel” projects has grown very quickly around this “reform” because there have been so many possibilities for the fast money boys to exploit tax-payers. Media companies, spin doctors, private healthcare companies, consulting companies and the two biggest political parties have been pouring out dribble on the huge advantages of competition and free choice for tax payers for basic healthcare. Major cost savings have been promised and waiting times reduced. The promises have been so wonderful that it has been surprising that the media has not cottoned on…

… but they did in the end, when the first private elderly care home was closed down, then another and then another. Deaths from negligence were reported. Bed-ridden patients were discovered with wet nappies. Others were found discarded for days. As one well-known writer commented “being an old person is crime and should be punished.” In fact, they are being punished…

The big bosses claimed that these were just isolated examples, but it turned out that this was a systematic way to cut costs and increase tax-free dividends for owners and doctors. The duty of care was never really part of the Hippocratic Oath, that was just a convenient marketing slogan like “Connecting People”.

Since then the share prices of these crooked companies have fallen, and now they are all competing with new stock phrases about how they will state to find out what went wrong… as if they did not know…

… so much for this bad reform that has brought misery to honest and defenceless old folk.

… and do not forget that you too will be old sooner than later…

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