NHS PRONOUNCES ANOTHER DEATH SENTENCE

Earlier this month I noted that the health care bureaucrats of the U.K. consider paying fat people to walk a judicious use of taxpayer money. Well, here’s an example what these apparatchiks consider an injudicious use of that money:

Jack Rosser’s doctor says taking Pfizer Inc.‘s Sutent cancer drug may keep him alive long enough to see his 1-year-old daughter, Emma, enter primary school. The U.K.’s National Health Service says that’s not worth the expense.

Hmm, let’s see … it makes sense to fork out £30 million to lazy gluttons, but it is wasteful to spend far less on cancer treatment for truly ill people—-people whose paychecks have been raided for decades to pay for “free” health care.

Explain to me again how government-run health care is a “moral imperitive.” Explain how such a system would be fairer than our “money-driven” health care system—-the one in which Mr. Rosser would have no problem getting this treatment even if he were uninsured.

Better yet, explain it to Jack Rosser’s wife:

‘It’s immoral,” Rosser’s wife, Jenny, said. ‘They are sentencing him to die.’

Government-run health care is indeed immoral. It is also cruel and inefficient.  How can anyone with an IQ exceeding single-digits think that we in the U.S. should emulate such systems?

Comments 3

  1. Marc B. wrote:

    ‘the one in which Mr. Rosser would have no problem getting this treatment even if he were uninsured.’

    Rolls over clutching sides… I see your sense of humour is still intact in Obama times. Not a murmur about the American Cancer Society’s campaign for equality of care, and the plethora of horror stories about bankruptcies and deaths in the US thanks to lack of funds (so common that they don’t get prominent reports, unlike in the UK). And of course, this is not a ‘death sentence’ – the poor man has terminal renal cancer in any case and is receiving – free – the gold standard of care. The UK’s NICE has actually so far rejected just seven out of 106 drug appraisals and only for so far unproven treatments.

    Posted 24 Nov 2008 at 4:03 am
  2. Catron wrote:

    I notice that you failed to mention a single case in which an American has been denied treatment.

    And spare me the BS about “bankruprices and deaths.” Those bogus stats have been thoroughly debunked here and elsewhere.

    Posted 24 Nov 2008 at 6:58 am
  3. Matt Horn wrote:

    NHS is the gold standard? Now you have me rolling. You must be an administrator.

    Posted 24 Nov 2008 at 12:39 pm

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