November 20, 2009
Great Britain's very own 'death panel'
So, the elites laughed at Sarah Palin when she warned that a government run health system would bring about death panels. Well the ill--and their families--aren't laughing in England where there is a government run health system called the National Health Service (NHS). And while the NHS doesn't have a specific sub group labeled death panel it does have an institution with the ironic acronym NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) which NICE has made another of its fateful (or "fatal") decisions: the drug, Nexavor, which significantly prolongs the life of liver cancer patients, and is widely available in other countries, is not be used by the NHS because it is too expensive. So all those who might have benefited from it have effectively been told that, on accounting principles, they are not worth keeping alive. Nice is functioning as what the US opponents of Obama's healthcare reforms call " a death panel". And because its edicts apply to the NHS as a...(Read Full Post)