According to the Britain’s Daily Mail (the entire article can be found here),
Thousands of women are being denied better osteoporosis drugs because of unnecessarily restrictive Government guidelines, a doctor said last night. Professor David Reid, an expert on brittle bones, said the rules are so stringent that GPs are often prevented from giving alternative treatments to those suffering side-effects from their pills. A once-a-year jab that could save thousands from the misery of broken bones is also not going to be assessed for use on the NHS in England and Wales for at least three years, according to Professor Reid, despite being available in Scotland.
The acronym, in a purely Orwellian fashion, for the group that rations health care in Britain is known as NICE (I’ve blogged about the creation and purpose of NICE before). Tonight, I suspect that the President will try to downplay the need to create an American NICE and that we won’t “ration” care in the United States. However, a health advisory board has already been created through this year’s “stimulus” bill. We also know that his chief-of-staff, Rahm Emmanuel, has already stated that the end-state of government run health care is not negotiable. Note also that Rahm Emmanuel’s brother is a member of the aforementioned “health advisory board” and has publicly written about the need to ration care, repeatedly.
So, I’ll be listening to the President, but actions speak louder than words.
So, if you want osteoporosis sufferers in the United States to have “to wait up to five years for their condition to deteriorate before being put on more expensive treatments with fewer side-effects.”, by all means, sign up for Pelosi-care.
The Daily Mail article ends with this very optimistic, heart-warming statement by a “NICE” spokesman: “… legal issues outside of the rationing body’s control meant it could not give a date for guidance on zolendronic acid.” I’m sure that makes the patients with osteoporosis feel so much better.