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... part of what I think government can do effectively is to be an honest broker in assessing and evaluating treatment options ... .
... when I talk about the importance of using comparative-effectiveness studies as a way of reining in costs ... it is an attempt to say to patients, you know what, we’ve looked at some objective studies out here, people who know about this stuff, concluding that the blue pill, which costs half as much as the red pill, is just as effective ... .
I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. ... And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance.
Of course, this is precisely what Barack Obama envisions for the U.S. under his national health care plan.
Originally posted by masonwatcher
Denying steroid injections across the board is unlikely. I suspect those with untreatable back pain will still get the medication and the others will probably be offered operations, weight loss treatment, some will get pilates, etc.
Originally posted by dizzylizzy
If someone does not want socialised health care fair enough but to continue to criticise the NHS by scouring the net for isolated bad practice or debates like this one without counter balancing with the positive of the NHS is scaremongering.
The NHS is not perfect, but and it is a big but, nobody is turned away there is not millions without adequate health care.