Monday, August 3, 2009


Patients forced to live in agony after the National Health Service of the UK(NHS) refuses to pay for painkilling injections.

Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.

The Government's drug rationing watchdog says "therapeutic" injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known.

The NHS currently issues more than 60,000 treatments of steroid injections every year. NICE said in its guidance it wants to cut this to just 3,000 treatments a year, a move which would save the NHS £33 million. THAT IS A 95% CUT. Will Doctors be forced to comply? How much work will be lost by those 57000 less injections? Will a black market be created for illegal cortisone?
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  1. This is a shocking and all too frequent occurrence with socialized medicine. If you think it will not happen here, you are wrong. We need to fight this with everything we have. "Throw Grandma Under The Bus" care.

  2. If we put the government in charge of health care, rationing will be the inevitable consequence.

    If we let politicians take our money and pay for our health care, then we must let politicians make our health care decisions.

    How will politicians make our health care decisions? We have 535 congressmen and one president. We have 300 million people. Even if they have good intentions (Does anybody believe that?), politicians cannot make individual care decisions. They must write laws so bureaucrats can regulate health care.

    Bureaucrats look at their budgets. They spend every cent they can get (so they can ask for more next year). How the hell do politicians know what they actually need? They don't.

    The system may be imperfect, but we are better off keeping and spending our own money on health care. As bad as the insurance companies may be, they have one focus, and they have to compete for our dollars. The politicians, if we let them, will just take our money and spend it however they wish.