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NICE To Be Stripped Of Powers To Make Drug Decisions For NHS.
The Daily Mail (UK) (11/1, Martin) reports, "The scandal of patients being denied drugs just because the NHS rationing body decides they are too expensive will end, ministers have declared." The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence "will be stripped of its powers to ban drugs on the Health Service," and "the current arbitrary limit on the cost of new drugs -- around £30,000 per year of extended high-quality life -- will be scrapped from 2014." The Department of Health also "says that NICE would no longer be 'acting as an arbiter on the availability of drugs', with GPs instead deciding what the NHS could afford."
NICE is the UK governmental equivalent of HHS/Medicare which heretofore has had the authority to ban drugs and other therapies not because they are ineffective or unsafe, but because the NICE calculations indicate that for the UK as a whole, the drugs are not economic.... Like in the US, the UK has one agency (MHRA) that approves drugs as "Safe & Effective", the equivalent of our FDA, and then NICE which determines which of the approved drugs can be used by doctors and hospitals.

This same approach is embedded within Obamacare - It's notihing short of rationing and strips the key decision on medical care away from the Physician & Patient and gives it to a bunch of .gov bureaucrats.

It's awfully ironic that supporters of Obamacare are using this UK as a model just as the UK is dismantling key elements of their troubled system.

While overturning Obamacare would take veto proof majoities in both House & Sentate (Unrealistic) - we can vote for the candidates that will defund the project and let it die on the vinew. SO Get Out & Vote !
 

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NICE is the UK governmental equivalent of HHS/Medicare which heretofore has had the authority to ban drugs and other therapies not because they are ineffective or unsafe, but because the NICE calculations indicate that for the UK as a whole, the drugs are not economic.... Like in the US, the UK has one agency (MHRA) that approves drugs as "Safe & Effective", the equivalent of our FDA, and then NICE which determines which of the approved drugs can be used by doctors and hospitals.

This same approach is embedded within Obamacare - It's notihing short of rationing and strips the key decision on medical care away from the Physician & Patient and gives it to a bunch of .gov bureaucrats.

It's awfully ironic that supporters of Obamacare are using this UK as a model just as the UK is dismantling key elements of their troubled system.

While overturning Obamacare would take veto proof majoities in both House & Sentate (Unrealistic) - we can vote for the candidates that will defund the project and let it die on the vinew. SO Get Out & Vote !
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It's already started...the mandates to treat individuals statistically vs. individually...It happened at my last checkup.

I'm a Type 2 diabetic, and it's managed quite effectively with moderate excersize, but I work out with weights and do aerobics, and Metformin, which I take occaisionally...usually when I don't get to the gym or when I overindulge... I pay for my Metformin out of pocket with no contribution from my plan... $15 a month. Yet at my checkup my doctor had to add a test to my protocol, that was absolutely unnessecary and had to charge me the government mandate for it...$50. It amounted to him checking to see if I could feel a 'tickler' dragged across the bottom of my feet. :rolleyes:

One guy, small impact? Sure, but multply that by everyone and the regulations still waiting to be written...

One other thing I'd like to add. This president and the 1st lady seem to have it in for diabetics. From the president claiming doctors are cutting the feet off of diabetics for $30k to Michele claiming that it's ruining our way of life and McDonalds' needs to start serving apples with it's burgers.

I'd like to challenge this Preisdent to a cage match. I may be diabetic, but I can bench 250, squat with 400, and run for a lot longer than he can before I start breathing hard.
 

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A big reason the Dems are so upopular now is that even left leaning independents know you don't "pass the bill so you can find out what's in it". These shananigans were so undemocratic and unAmerican as to be unbelievable. We must repeal this insane bill and start over with Healthcare Reform step by step so each step can be debated and understood before voting.
 

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The pub bill will be easy to read!

"If you can't afford it just die!!!"

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