July 2, 2009

THE RATIONING IS ALL THAT RECOMMENDS THE PLANS:

Finding What Works in Health Care (William C. Weldon, July 2, 2009, Washington Post)

Congress took an important step for health care when it provided $1.1 billion to fund "comparative effectiveness research" as part of the stimulus legislation this year.

This research promises to help America's doctors better target treatments to patients who can benefit from them as well as cut unnecessary health-care spending. [...]

Many patient groups, physicians and developers of treatments fear that comparative effectiveness research will be used to restrict access to a broad range of treatments, some of which may be precisely what particular patients need. As the head of Johnson & Johnson, a global pharmaceutical and device company, I have seen technology assessments make it more difficult for patients to access some lifesaving treatments.

But that doesn't have to be what happens here.


Of course it does. Once you do the comparisons you can't justify most health care on medical grounds.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2009 8:31 AM
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