Oregon's Suicidal Approach to Health Care

Oregon seems to have found a surefire way to lower health care costs: Tell the patient you'll pay for drugs that will end her life, but not those that would extend her life.  Here's how it works:In May 2008, 64-year-old retired school bus driver Barbara Wagner received bad news from her doctor.  She found out that her cancer, which had been in remission for two years, had returned.  Then, she got some good news.  Her doctor gave her a prescription that would likely slow the cancer's growth and extend her life.  She was relieved by the news and also by the fact that she had health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.It didn't take long for her hopes to be dashed.   Barbara Wagner was notified by letter that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn't cover her prescription.  But the letter didn't leave it at that.  It also notified her that, although it wouldn't cover her prescription, it would cover assisted suicide.After Wagner's story...(Read Full Article)

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