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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Treatment for elderly not always worth it, say advisers

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online

From Britain. Elderly Patients could be Denied treatments because of their age.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which provides guidance on health issues for England, confirmed yesterday that it had set out the controversial ideas in a consultation paper.

Members of the institute’s Citizen’s Council said that in cases in which age could affect the benefits or risks of treatment, medical staff would be justified in discriminating.

He said that policies against the elderly already existed in cases such as breast cancer screening, which was denied to women over 70 as a routine procedure. Rates of breast cancer in this age group remain highest, at close to 350 per 100,000 people. Some mental health initiatives also revealed age discrimination, the charity said, including situations where pensioners were moved from consultations with a psychiatrist to dementia schemes simply on the grounds of age.

Could this happen here? My believe is it already is, we are just not told of it.
With the rising costs of Medicine and hospitalization, coupled with the stresses and closures of some hospitals due to immigration, it will only be a matter of time before we adopt socialized medicine, mirroring that of the U.K. and Canada.

As the world goes, so does the U.S.

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