Free Health Care Sure is Expensive

The Evening Standard reports on yet another egregious failure of Great Britain’s system of socialized medicine.

A mother has been forced to sell her home to pay for private treatment with a cancer “wonder drug” after funding for it was denied. Debbie Mitchell, 39, said she was “left to sit in the corner and die” after her local primary care trust refused to pay for Sutent for her stomach cancer.

How can this be? The advocates of socialized medicine keep telling us that everyone has access to free health care when the government runs things. Was this some oddball “experimental? drug?

The drug, which is widely prescribed throughout Europe and the U.S., has already been licensed for use in Britain. But it has yet to be approved by the Government’s drugs watchdog.

The bottom line here was rationing. The apparatchiks decided that this patient’s health needs were not as important as cost control. They made vague allusions to “clinical effectiveness,? but that was just a bureaucratic CYA strategy:

Cancer specialists treating her said her tumours were still growing and recommended Sutent, which has been shown to shrink tumours dramatically and can prolong life for two years or more.

This patient had the resources (her house) to get the medication on the private market. But how many without the resources have had to “sit in the corner and die??

Is this what we want for the United States?

Comments 3

  1. Jed wrote:

    “The advocates of socialized medicine keep telling us that everyone has access to free health care when the government runs things.”

    Yes Master fear maker.. we shall fear the government because they do such a terrible job in running things. They can’t get the mail to my house, they don’t pay my grandparents their social security check on time nor can they operate a fire department or police department properly.

    “The bottom line here was rationing. ”

    And we shall continue to increase the bottom line for the executives, from 2000 to 2007 in California alone, health care costs went up 87%. We need to ration more profit to the 1% of income earners.. hey! I’m wondering, if I make a website like yours, how much can I make each month for being a health insurance lobbyist??

    Posted 28 Jun 2007 at 3:15 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    If you’re willing to come over to the dark side, you’ll have a place on the French Riviera before you know it.

    Posted 28 Jun 2007 at 9:05 pm
  3. Robert wrote:

    How typical! The post office is so good that they have no idea how to price a stamp to make it last more than a few years. What a joke? The issue isn’t that the government can’t run things properly. It is that in order to run things properly they must restrict how much they can do. And in healthcare that is restrictions on access. That is all they can do. Afterall there is no example of shortages in anything the government runs, teachers, policemen, firemen, ect.
    Also Jed Please explain to me the realtion of healthcare costs to bottom lines for executives? Are you making the assumption that if costs increase 87% as you state that thus executive bottomlines go up 87%?

    Posted 29 Jun 2007 at 11:21 am

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