Author Topic: Both have cancer. But why can't one get the best care?  (Read 3277 times)

Debra

  • Administrator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 11228
    • View Profile
    • April Reign
Both have cancer. But why can't one get the best care?
« on: July 09, 2006, 11:41:52 AM »
Quote
Observer sports writer Bill Elliott was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April. Within an hour, his wife Val was told she had breast cancer. Now they have had to come to terms with the stark fact that her treatment has 10 times as much funding as his. Health Editor Jo Revill examines the human cost of NHS inequalities  


Story
“Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.” —  Josephine Hart

deBeauxOs

  • Guest
Both have cancer. But why can't one get the best care?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006, 11:11:10 PM »
Bill Elliott is to be commended for taking his fight public, in the interest of ensuring that other men also have access to the treatment that he could pay for, were he to go the private route.

skdadl

  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32874
    • View Profile
    • http://www.pogge.ca
Both have cancer. But why can't one get the best care?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006, 05:28:58 AM »
Quote
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence gave brachytherapy its approval in 2005. The funding for it, however, is up to individual PCTs which commission care from hospitals. Many of them are facing large deficits, and are under pressure to curb hospital spending as they have other cost pressures.


There is the more serious problem, right there -- the pressures that develop in a two-tier system. The less well-funded the public system, the more likely various treatments are to be put into competition with each other -- the imbalance is swinging one way today, but it could just as easily swing another tomorrow. Administrators seem to find it easier to de-fund more and more treatments since the private option is available -- in theory.

And the NHS is one of the systems the neo-libs keep tossing in as an example for us to follow in revamping our system. In fact we already have some problems like this; more seriously, we are being tempted into  accepting that such inequalities are ok, or at least unavoidable, inevitable.

 

Return To TAT