The UK has been at this “universal” health care for decades, you would have thought that the bugs would have been worked out by now.
Perhaps they have been – and this is exactly the way it is supposed to work – from today’s Daily Mail:
New cancer drugs held up by the NHS for nine years as rationing body accused of letting down patients
- Rationing body NICE is denying potentially life saving drugs because it is bogged down in other tasks, doctors claim
- Delays can make the difference between someone being able to live independently or needing full time care
- Some treatments for Alzheimer’s, arthritis and hepatitis C delayed for more than a decade on average
Astonishing. There are at least 3 or 4 stories a week in the UK papers about some sort of major failing by the NHS ranging from abject neglect of helpless patients to disintegrating facilities.
Notice the word “rationing”. It is a natural consequence of cost control in these programs. Sarah Palin was right, rationing is the equivalent of death panels.
The article continues:
Patients are waiting up to nine years for cancer and Alzheimer’s drugs to be available on the health service because approval takes so long.
The delays mean that even new drugs given the all-clear in extensive trials remain stuck in the queue for years.
A major study found that on average it takes five years from a treatment’s launch by a manufacturer to approval by the rationing body, NICE.
But the process often lasts far longer, and on occasions NICE will not even start its assessment until a drug has been on the market for more than a year.
One of the problems is that NICE – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – has a wide-ranging remit which includes drawing up NHS guidance on tackling obesity, alcohol abuse and other public health issues.
But last night doctors and charities said it was unfair that patients were being denied potentially life-saving drugs just because the rationing body is bogged down in other tasks.