Skip to comments.NICE's new cost curb could make it more difficult for NHS patients to get vital drugs.
Posted on 01/25/2014 6:55:10 AM PST by managusta
Reforms to the formula used to ration expensive medicines will make it harder for NHS patients to get new life-saving drugs, warn campaigners.
The rationing body, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), plans to lower the cost threshold for new treatments and end the priority given to patients who are dying.
The reforms are a shift to a system which the Government pledged would allow patients to access the drugs and treatments their doctors think they need. It involves changes to a complex formula, known as quality adjusted life years (QALY).
And some drugs approved under end of life criteria ones which might extend a dying patients life by precious weeks or months will also face a tough battle.
Andrew Wilson, of the Rarer Cancers Foundation, said: Far from making it easier for patients to get the latest cancer drugs, these changes set the bar even higher.
NICE chief executive Andrew Dillon said the rationing body would exceed the new £20,000 limit in exceptional circumstances.
He added: We are not going to restrict further the availability of drugs. If companies offer prices that really reflect the value their treatments bring, it holds open the prospect for us to say yes more
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It’s not a “death panel,” it’s NICE, expanding access by denying access.
How very Orwellian.
The work of these monsters is reminiscent of scenes from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".
The introduction of ObamaCare has occasioned the introduction of death-labs in DC where little Igor-like minions churn out rules which will govern every aspect of our health and our life expectancy..
And we've seen nothing yet.....
Elwin Ransom, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
And the British NHS is the premier system that bh0 wants his nocareact to emulate.
Here is an article on the Daily Mail yesterday that announced that the Brit’s NHS would no longer treat people with cancer after their 75th birthday.
It just is a death panel by another name.
It is NICE to no longer treat people with cancer after their 75th birthday. /sarc
The N.I.C.E = The National Institute for Coordinated Experimentation... a truly evil entity :)
Jeepers ... thanks for the ping!