Monday, July 28, 2008

Cancer and health care in Oregon

Those who think the government should take more control of our health care would do well to look to Oregon as an example. An Oregon woman's cancer was in remission for about two years when it started coming back. Her doctor prescribed a medication that would slow the growth of the cancer and extend her life.

The woman received a letter from Oregon's state-run health care system saying, in effect, that they would not pay to extend her life but if she wanted to kill herself, they would cover that (I'm sure they said it more tactfully than this but the meaning was the same).

In a state-run health care system the funds will always be limited and so tough choices will have to be made. But let's not delude ourselves into thinking it will be compassionate.

I'd like to know if Barack Obama would have agreed with the state's decision.

Read the story on Hot Air.


professor ed said...

It seems to me the great majority of those who favor a British or Canadian form of socialized medicine in this country are either those to poor to currently afford any insurance or those so financially well off that they expect to purchase an expensive private alternative health plan. In the first case folks will be VERY disappointed when they experience lengthy waiting times for visits to the doctor and or scheduled surgery. Medical literature has already begun to discuss the possibility of rationing surgical procedures; IE: not doing procedures on patients over a certain age, or patients whose health has fallen to a certain determined level. Frankly this case of health "care?" in Oregon illustrates what I would call"Orwellian thinking".

professor ed said...

Many years ago a movie was shown on Public Television, titled "They". "They" referred to any citizenery who once they reached a certain pre-determined, by the state, age, were moved into communities where they were left to die. The selected age was 30!

jo said...

An Oregon woman suffering from lung cancer was notified by the state-run Oregon Health Plan that their policy would not cover her life-extending cancer drug, telling her the health plan would cover doctor-assisted suicide instead. Barbara Wagener discovered her lung cancer had recurred last month, the Register-Guard said. Her oncologist prescribed a drug called Tarceva, which could slow the cancer growth and extend her life.
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