Almost everyone has heard of Charlie Gard and his parents struggle to get him additional treatment. The English hospital and court system has been condemned by the world. I take a different view.
First, the facts. Charlie was born last year on August 4. Soon it became apparent that something was wrong. He was eventually diagnosed with a DNA disorder. He has had seizures that have diminished his mental function. He can no longer hear, move, open his eyes or even breathe on his own. Earlier this year the hospital asked for permission to turn off his ventilator. The case has been in the courts ever since.
On the surface it may seem that I am a heartless person. If he were over here, the cost of his care would have run into the millions. Health care funds are not unlimited. Rather than spend all that money on a hopeless case, it could be spent on dozens or even hundreds of people who can be saved.
The basic problem is that we want to have our cake and eat it too. We want Rolls Royce care at a Ford price. It can’t be done.