Patients who have had a ‘fair innings’ could be denied life-saving drugs under proposed health reforms.
The plans would mean experts taking into account whether there is a ‘wider societal benefit’ to giving a patient crucial medicines.
The NHS rationing body, Nice, fears the Department of Health proposals could see younger people deemed a higher priority for drug treatments because they have more years ahead of them – potentially contributing more to the economy – than the elderly.
Personally, I’d take exactly that approach to my own care: I have no desire to wipe out my puny estate at the expense of my children merely to prolong my life, if death is near, but I find it ironic that Sarah Palin was torn to pieces for suggesting that national healthcare would result in “death panels” and that ObamaCare’s “Cost Containment Review Panels” would turn into exactly that. Now, it seems, Paul Krugman was right: what happens in England won’t stay in England.