Friday, February 22, 2008

Democrat Presidential Candidates Were Unavailable for Comment

Still think nationalized health care is the way to go in the United States?

Cancer patient 'denied funding'
A cancer patient has been told doctors cannot have funding for a bone marrow transplant from a donor in Australia.

The marrow would have been taken from a donor, frozen and flown to south Wales for the treatment on Alan Francis, 68, of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.
But I thought nationalized health care was supposed to be the magic bullet, the answer to all our problems, the perfect solution to rising health care costs?

So how do these spending decisions get made?
Health economist Siobhan McClelland with limited resources. HCW had to decide on priorities, which could be "difficult" for public and patients to accept.

Ms McClelland said HCW often had to deal "high cost, low volume services" issues which were particularly emotive.

She said: "People say they don't want to put a price on life and it should not be about money, but at the end of the day, it is about money and making sure we spend that money as effectively as possible.
So, as always, it boils down to money, just like the current system. The only diiference is whether or not a government bureaucrat gets your money and then makes the decision.

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