Sunday, August 2, 2009

Socialized Medicine causes care rationing in the U.K.

I stumbled across this one while looking for entirely different stories this morning:
The Government's drug rationing watchdog says "therapeutic" injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known.

Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy.

Specialists fear tens of thousands of people, mainly the elderly and frail, will be left to suffer excruciating levels of pain or pay as much as £500 each for private treatment.
Source here.

I'm not a doctor, but thought inflammation-reducing shots also helped prevent additional damage to joints.

If you don't think similar rationing will happen in the U.S. should the current socialized medicine "reform" bill go through, you're kidding yourself. We have more people, and we're in much deeper financial trouble than the U.K. The effects on care would likely be immediate.


Jean said...

NICE? Seriously? Wow, someone hasn't been reading their C. S. Lewis. :D

Mark said...

And the UK completes its conversion to China. Communist leaders intentionally propagated TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) like acupuncture as a way to reduce medical costs for the masses. Then the party leaders are happy to pay for actual, scientific medicine.