Skip to comments.Life prolonging cancer drugs to be banned because they cost too much (UK)
Posted on 05/09/2009 9:01:37 PM PDT by lowbridge
Thousands of patients with terminal cancer were dealt a blow last night after a decision was made to deny them life prolonging drugs.
The Government's rationing body said two drugs for advanced breast cancer and a rare form of stomach cancer were too expensive for the NHS.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is expected to confirm guidance in the next few weeks that will effectively ban their use.
The move comes despite a pledge by Nice to be more flexible in giving life-extending drugs to terminally-ill cancer patients after a public outcry last year over 'death sentence' decisions.
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Coming soon to Obamacare. You’d think decisions like this would prompt a public outcry and have the bureaucrats tarred and feathered.
Read Sally Pipe's “Top 10 Myths about American Healthcare.” It's excellent.
Coming to the USA. I mean the USSA.
No kidding. I think next time I’m on Kos and someone wants to talk about universal healthcare, I’ll link this.
We can't have a situation like we do with federal judges where their addresses are kept secret.
Grind their corpses up into Soylent Green.
The State Uber Alles.
Unless, of course, you belong to certain favored “protected classes”.
That nasty Nice.
The worst aspect is that it will elevate unelected bureaucrats to a God-like status.
Ordinary people will have to grovel and beg and prostrate themselves before unelected bureaucrats, trying to get a life-saving waiver for themselves or their family members.
If the rationing and suffering was shared equally it would be bad enough.
But it won't be. Those with political connections will zip to the front of the line. Those out of favor will have their paperwork “lost.”
This gives political hacks the power of life and death over us, and will turn us into groveling beggars.
“Coming soon to Obamacare.”
Coming Soon? It has been here for some time now. Anyone in clinical medicine knows about the routine denial of reimbursement for Sutent which is about four grand a month. If you think private insurance is more compassionate than U.K.’s socialist NHS, you are sorely mistaken.
I can’t speak for Lapatinib because I have no data on it but I’m sure a google news of it should turn up a denial or two. Socialized medicine does not hold a monopoly on treatment denials, private insurance in the US holds its own in that department.
That’s OK because there are two health systems in the UK—one for the masses and one for the rich. Let them eat cake.
On Kos? You are a brave, brave soul.
That is a nest for pit vipers.
bluntly...government takes from you and yours....to WHAT end?!!!
Just wait Travis. We’re on such a slope, which has been slathered with Crisco these days, that I believe that during my lifetime I may witness women in the US being told to report to clinic 5 for an abortion because Obamacare has already covered two pregnancies and more than two is selfish and bad for the environment.
And to think that when we arrived here as DP's in 1950 we thought we had escaped that forever.
PS. Seems as though C.S Lewis' fictional N.I.C.E. from "That Hideous Strength" has become fact. Excellent trilogy for today's home schooled youts.
The Ø-care policy will ban anything more expensive than Aspirin.
Unless, of course, you belong to certain favored protected classes.
Google this: Nomenklatura
That’s where we’re headed and damned quick, too.
One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and guide your doctors decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and learn to operate less like solo practitioners.And remember, Arlen Specter, a couple of days before he voted for Porkulus, said he'd see to it these health care provisions would be removed. Sure thing Arlen, you liar!
And ACORN types will sort out the conservatives for “special” treatment.