New York Post Dangerous Doctors?

What do you think about the article written on the New York Post about Dangerous Doctors? Why is people talking about it and why is it so important?

asked by Totorine in Internet | 3330 views | 08-11-2009 at 07:19 PM

The article is not called Dangerous Doctors, it is actually called Deadly doctors.

Deadly Doctors was the title of a piece written for the New York Post by Betsy McCaughy. Her premise in talking about deadly doctors was that health care reform would lead to decision being taken out of the hands of doctors on the grounds of what is best for their patient and into the hands of bureaucrats trying to save money.

You can read her piece on deadly doctors here. The question that is really important though is is this likely to happen? Will we actually end up with health care being rationed by bureaucrats?

Rather than simply alleging that it will, or indeed that it won't, why not try to find out what actually happens in a place where they already have national government run health care? Like, say, Britain, with its National Health Service (NHS). Is health care there rationed according to a bureaucrat's measurement of costs? Are they really ending up with "deadly doctors"?

It has to be said that yes they are. Just as is being suggested for us here in the US, there is an appointed bureaucracy which decides upon which treatments shall be made available, The National Institute on Clinical Excellence. This organization looks at what are known as Quality Adjusted Life Years, or QUALY. They work out how many years of extra life a treatment is expected to provide to a patient and how good the quality of that life will be.

You might want to call that deadly doctors, you might want to call it something else a little stronger. But what it really should be is a warning about what national health care can end up being like. The bureaucrats get to decide what treatment you do or do not get, not your doctor.

answered by Ale | 08-11-2009 at 07:21 PM

Not Dangerous Doctors. The article is called "Deadly Doctors" and it was published in the New York Post on July 24, 2009, examining the proposed health care reform.

The article claimed that the two advisors to President Barack Obama Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Dr. David Blumenthal "should never be trusted" to make health care decisions.

answered by Samantha | 08-11-2009 at 07:22 PM

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