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    Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    A story in Bloomberg illustrates how the combination of budgets slashed thanks to austerity policies leads directly to deaths. The Wall Street Journal described last year how distress in the Greek economy had produced a significant increase in suicides. A new Bloomberg story recounts how severe cutbacks in hospital staffing have enabled superbugs that is hard to combat even under normal circumstances to inflict even more fatalities than usual in Greek hospitals. An ugly side to this problem is that overreliance on antibiotics in Greece created the conditions that helped these potent infectious agents to develop.

    I don’t know about you, but this has a Dickensian sound to it. People dying in due to chronic hospital understaffing sits uncomfortably with the pristine, efficient image of modern medicine. But this is far from the only instance where the crisis has served to reinstitute a more brutal social order.\

    The Wages of Austerity: Superbug Runs Wild in Greek Hospitals « naked capitalism

    In my opinion austerity is simply immoral and inhumane.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    The superbug is antibiotic resistant - is there evidence that if they had even twice as many nurses they'd save more patients who are suffering from these infections?

    Is mass numbers really all that's necessary?
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    The superbug is antibiotic resistant - is there evidence that if they had even twice as many nurses they'd save more patients who are suffering from these infections?

    Is mass numbers really all that's necessary?
    Well they have hte same drugs and methods of all other nations, yet seem to suffer more cases. One has to think the contributing factor is lack of nurses.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by JP Hochbaum View Post
    Well they have hte same drugs and methods of all other nations, yet seem to suffer more cases. One has to think the contributing factor is lack of nurses.
    Well - he mentioned a lack of hand-washing because of laziness so maybe it's a hygiene issues?

    Or maybe it's because they're a hub for international travel and fancy and thus exposed to a more toxic pool of uckies.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    You know what else leads to (much) higher death rates?

    Societal/economic collapse and chaos.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    You know what else leads to (much) higher death rates?

    Societal/economic collapse and chaos.
    Which they mentioned: people committing suicide.

    Well - if insurance companies would cover suicide then that downward trend might spike the economy. (terrible joke, I know)
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    You know what else leads to (much) higher death rates?

    Societal/economic collapse and chaos.
    Which is what we are seeing in Europe now, with the removal of more government expenditures there is a direct correlation to that societal chaos increasing.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by JP Hochbaum View Post
    Which is what we are seeing in Europe now, with the removal of more government expenditures there is a direct correlation to that societal chaos increasing.
    The real issue is that governments should never have taken on that responsibility in the first place. Once you provide a feeding trough for the people, they get really pissed when it's taken away.
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    Re: Austerity leads to higher death rates.

    Quote Originally Posted by JP Hochbaum View Post
    Well they have hte same drugs and methods of all other nations, yet seem to suffer more cases. One has to think the contributing factor is lack of nurses.
    Only if the lack of nurses is directly tied to patients not receiving their antibiotics as prescribed. Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, I can tell you that giving medications is pretty much at the top of the priority list on the job. If the nursing staff is so short that medications are not being given, then that's a hell of a nursing shortage.
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