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Originally posted by budski
Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors
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Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.
About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.
Managers defend the policies because of the higher risk of complications on the operating table for unfit patients. But critics believe that patients are being denied care simply to save money.
Originally posted by Juicy
Some people are just stingy and greedy and think that you can constantly eat fastfood. THOSE are the people who need to have a swift kick in their rear end.
Originally posted by AJ Lavender
I live in the U.S. and have an HMO, but I spent my first 20+ years in England and experienced the NHS. Neither system is perfect and both are near the breaking point due to a lack of funds.
I fear the problems are too big to be fixed. There needs to be a paradigm shift in thinking if this or any healthcare system is to prove workable.
Debbie lives in Cornwall and she has been fighting to get a new drug, Avastin which halts the growth of tumours.
Avastin has been licensed but it is not available on the NHS.
Debbie says it was her consultant who suggested a solution.
"My oncologist said it would cost about £60,000. There is no way they would fund it, so we said can we fund it ourselves? The answer was yes."
But then came guidance from the Department of Health. If Debbie paid for Avastin she would have to pay for all her treatment.
Originally posted by frayed1
They wrote unneccessary prescriptions right and left for my poor Mother, trotted her to the hospital for tests and pointless treatments, when all she needed was enough morphine to keep her comfortable till her time came.....