Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Government health care may be toxic to the elderly

While Obama chides Doctors who abuse the health care system by removing tonsils to make more money, he endorses a plan that pays Doctors to improve ROI by counseling the elderly and terminally ill about what medical care they will receive in their final days.

This article, "Time To Go, Grandpa" by Pat Buchanan sheds some insight into this possibility with Obamacare.

Time To Go, Grandpa
Pat Buchanan

"With "controlling costs" a primary goal of Obamacare, and half of all medical costs coming in the last six months of life, "rationed care" takes on a new meaning for us all.

London's Telegraph reported Sunday that the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, known by its Orwellian acronym NICE, intends to slash by 95 percent the number of steroid injections, such as cortisone, given to people who suffer severe and chronic back pain. "

"Specialists fear," said the Telegraph, "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 pounds each for private treatment."

Now, twin this story with the weekend Washington Post story about Obamacare's "proposal to pay physicians who counsel elderly or terminally ill patients about what medical treatment they would prefer near the end of life and how to prepare instructions such as living wills," and there is little doubt as to what is coming."

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