The Telegraph reports on a stunning decision by the UK’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to stop therapeutic injections for tens of thousands of patients suffering from excruciating lower back pain -including the elderly- to save money:
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.
Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy.
Specialists fear tens of thousands of people, mainly the elderly and frail, will be left to suffer excruciating levels of pain or pay as much as £500 each for private treatment.
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.
But the British Pain Society, which represents specialists in the field, has written to NICE calling for the guidelines to be withdrawn after its members warned that they would lead to many patients having to undergo unnecessary and high-risk spinal surgery.
This is what health-care rationing under a single-payer system looks like, and it is exactly what Obama and the progressive Democrats want:
Is this what you want?
(video via Hot Air)
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