who lives and who dies?
Older patients would effectively be written off on the grounds that they no longer make a big enough financial contribution to society.
The Department of Health is demanding the changes in an attempt to cut the crippling NHS medicines bill.
In the latest onslaught on the elderly, drug rationing body the
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has admitted
that ministers want workers who are still contributing to the economy to
NICE has been ordered to take into account the “wider societal benefit” when considering which drugs to fund.
The drugs watchdog already admits that such criteria would “inevitably take age into account to some degree”.
Remember, this is the NHS that Obamacare designers said should be a model for us. They freakin' LOVE this system. And this is a big reason why: control of who gets treatment. "I'm sorry, but you are no longer contributing to the economy by working, so for the good of the collective you cannot be allowed this medication, it's too expensive."
A Department of Health spokesman said: “We want to make sure we get
the best possible results for all NHS patients with the resources we
have, which means using taxpayers’ money responsibly and getting good
value for money.
“That’s why we have asked NICE to look at the way
drugs are assessed so that patients can get the treatments they need at
the best value for the NHS and the price the NHS pays is more closely
linked to the value a medicine brings.
Isn't that a nice way to say "If you're not contributing enough to Society in our opinion, you're screwed"?