Why hospitals never have enough nurses

Prasad’s Law:

Medical goods and services that concentrate wealth can be paid for; medical goods and services that disperse wealth are “unaffordable.”

Source: naked capitalism

Prescribing more drugs or scheduling more doctor’s appointments means more revenue.  Hiring more nurses does not.  Click on this link for a discussion of what this means.

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One Response to “Why hospitals never have enough nurses”

  1. Vincent Says:

    It’s a neat theory and plausible in the context of the US medical system.

    But here in the UK, where the NHS is funded from taxation and free at the point of service, one notices the same thing – shortage of nurses, doctors & funded social care.

    It’s true that the medications come from capitalist sources. I’m dependent on a daily dose of Ibrutinib to stay alive. Its cost to the NHS is equivalent to the salary of a senior nurse.

    So I’m personally grateful that a capitalist pharma Janssen can with complete certainty supply the drug as required for the rest of my life.

    To recruit, train & retain professional staff, with accurate prediction of future need, is another thing entirely. You can’t just fill out a form. The pressures limiting supply of those staff are many and varied, apart from money.

    Furthermore, the overall NHS budget is determined by government. It’s a political football, fiercely fought by the competing parties in the last couple of days before our General Election.

    A thought-provoking article though, thanks!


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