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Who Decides What Medical Care You Receive At End of Life?

In Forbes, Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

Any government-funded health care system must necessarily set limits on medical spending. No government can issue a blank check for unlimited medical care for everyone. The only issue is where and how it draws that line.

This is an inherent part of any socialized medical system, such as in Canada or the UK. Put simply, if you expect “somebody else” to pay for your health care, then “somebody else” will ultimately decide what care you may (or may not) receive. …

Who should decide what care you receive towards the end of your life — you or an “administrative tribunal” of “experts and wise community members”? If you want to retain control over your medical care, you must retain control over your medical dollars. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Make sure the tune being called is the one you want.

via Who Decides What Medical Care You Receive At End of Life?.

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Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?

Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

There will always be limits on who will or will not receive expensive medical treatments. We have no choice about that. But we do have a choice of whether those decisions will be made by patients based on their personal and economic priorities — or by government bureaucrats. The first protects the doctor-patient relationship. The second creates divided loyalties for doctors, who will always be serving two masters. As a doctor, I prefer the first. As a patient, you should too.

Read more: Should Doctors Limit Medical Care To Save Money For ‘Society’?.

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Drug Rationing for Seniors on Medicare?

David Catron in the American Spectator:

Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is a related but far more disturbing story — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly. Since passage of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, seniors enrolled in the Medicare prescription drug program have been guaranteed access to “all or substantially all” of the drugs in several classes of pharmaceuticals. President Obama’s health care bureaucrats, however, have proposed removing three of these classes from the “protected” list. …

Even some left-leaning media outlets are uncomfortable with the Obama administration’s rationing policy.  …

It’s a little disorienting to find such an objective view in a publication that normally repeats Obama administration talking points verbatim, but there it is. Presumably, this departure from partisanship is an indication of just how far CMS has over-reached this time.

More: Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins | The American Spectator.

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Obamacare’s Rationing by Another Name: The Independent Payment Advisory Board


Medicare spending is a pressing problem, no doubt. But the IPAB is a cure worse than the disease. It thwarts seniors’ treatment options, providers’ independence, and the constitutional balance of powers. The more Romney makes it an issue during his campaign, the more likely that the IPAB itself will be thwarted, whether he ends up in White House or not.

Read more: Obamacare’s Rationing by Another Name – Reason.com.

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Get Ready For Obamacare’s Medical Rationing

In Forbes, Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

ObamaCare supporters are now waging a high-profile public relations campaign to make medical rationing palatable to the general public. …

[R]ationing completely inverts the relationship between the individual and the state. Rather than the state existing to serve the individual, the individual’s existence is sustained at the discretion of the state. This is the opposite of the American founders’ intention that the government be the people’s servant, not their master.

Read more: Get Ready For Obamacare’s Medical Rationing – Forbes.

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Government Control of Medicine Necessitates Rationing

Ari Armstrong writes:

Rationing is inherent in government control of medicine. When government provides “free” (or subsidized) health services, politicians and bureaucrats necessarily decide how that spending will be allocated.

Read more: Government Control of Medicine Necessitates Rationing.

In other words, the so-called “right” to medical care means that government decides when it’s right for you to get it.

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In Top Journal, Obamacare Boosters Push ‘Global Spending Target’

Paul Hsieh, MD writes:

Free-market economists have long known that “controls breed controls.” In health care, leading Obamacare supporters are now proposing unprecedented new government controls over all medical spending — private as well as public — to “solve” problems caused by prior controls. Welcome to ObamaCare 2.0. …

In particular, voters should be aware of five key points:

1) This means rationing. …

2) Get ready for the lobbyist feeding frenzy. …

3) The government will exert increasing control over how doctors can practice. …

4) Controls breed controls. …

5) We need free-market reforms more than ever. …

The proposed cap on private medical spending would also prevent Americans from spending their health care dollars as they wished. Obamacare 2.0 would mean unprecedented government control over our health care — and our lives.

Read more at PJ Media » In Top Journal, Obamacare Boosters Push ‘Global Spending Target’.

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