State-run health care in Wisconsin begins denying coverage to the most vulnerable, i.e., expensive, “clients”.
Now, another state with universal health care begins its rationing:
Treatment of advanced cancer meant to prolong life, or change the course of this disease, is not covered by the Oregon Health Plan, said the unsigned letter Wagner received from LIPA, the Eugene company that administers the plan in Lane County.
“We can’t cover everything for everyone,” said Dr. Walter Shaffer, medical director of the state Division of Medical Assistance Programs, which administers the Oregon Health Plan.
“Taxpayer dollars are limited for publicly funded programs. We try to come up with polices that provide the most good for the most people. Most cancer treatments are high priority on the list,” Shaffer said.
But the intent of the list was to exclude coverage of treatments that are futile, or where potential benefit is minimal in relation to expense.
That sounds kinda like the insurance industry, except without choice and responsibility-proof government bureacratic effort.
Note to the Kansas City Star: I am against government health care, not for more expensive programs throwing greater amounts of confiscated citizen money after diminishing returns. Thank you, that is all.
(Link seen on Dustbury.)