A recent Libertarian Party member communication from Robert Kraus, posted at Donny Ferguson’s LP blog, reviews the sad case of Britain’s Katie Brickell, who is dying of cervical cancer. Kraus writes (in part):
Cervical cancer ran in Katie Brickell’s family, so she tried to get a routine pap test. That’s no problem here in the United States, but Britain’s National Health Service refused the procedure because she was only 23.
Finally, after three requests, the government-run health care system finally allowed Katie to get a pap test. The results were tragic.
She had terminal cervical cancer – and had she gotten the test when she first asked for it, it would have been found while it was treatable.
If that doesn’t make you angry, this will. Barack Obama wants to abolish your health care and replace it with a rationed-care system like the NHS.
He claims government-run care costs you less. Not only is that a lie, his system attempts to save money by simply denying you treatment.
Snuck into the details of the “stimulus” package was the creation of the Federal Coordinated Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (FCCCER, don’t say it out loud.)
Its purpose? To monitor health care and begin “coordinating” care.
According to Obama, medication and procedures aren’t expensive because the government meddles in it. They’re expensive because too many people are getting them.
In fact, the White House announced on “Meet The Press” on April 19 they want to ration access to medical procedures. …
A moving appeal to stir up resistance to nationalized healthcare.
Except that much of it doesn’t appear to be true.
“Cervical cancer ran in Katie Brickell’s family… Britain’s National Health Service refused the procedure because she was only 23.”
In an interview in the Daily Mail, Katie says that she wanted a smear at age 19 because all her 20-year-old classmates were having one. She said “There isn’t a history of cancer in my family, but I walked past the health centre every day on my way to lectures so one morning I popped in.” She continues: ‘The receptionist said I didn’t need a smear until I was 20. The next year I went back and she told me that the government had changed the age threshold to 25 so I still didn’t need one. I checked with my GP and was reassured. If the government and doctors tell you something you accept it, don’t you?’
“Finally, after three requests, the government-run health care system finally allowed Katie to get a pap test.”
Kraus implies that NHS prohibited Katie from getting the test. In fact, they simply declined to offer to do it, or to pay for it when requested. What’s not made clear here is that Katie could have had her doctor perform the test at her own expense at any time, if she and he had agreed that it was important. From Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) web page on cervical cancer screening:
If you are under 25 years old and worried about the risks of developing cervical cancer, or about sexual health generally, you can contact your GP or local GUM (genito-urinary medicine) clinic.
“She had terminal cervical cancer – and had she gotten the test when she first asked for it, it would have been found while it was treatable.”
This in itself is highly speculative, since the cancer could have been unbeatable even if found at 19. But the truth is even more depressing: AFTER Katie was diagnosed, she delayed treatment by a month until she had time to harvest several eggs for in vitro fertilization. She herself admits in an interview that “I delayed my initial cancer treatment to harvest some eggs. …We don’t know if that month’s delay caused the cancer to spread but I’d make the same decision again.”
“Barack Obama wants to abolish your health care and replace it with a rationed-care system like the NHS.”
Regardless of what Obama ‘wants’ for the U.S., the truth is that it is government-provided healthcare, not ‘healthcare’, that is rationed in Britain.
“Snuck into the details of the “stimulus” package was the creation of the Federal Coordinated Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research … Its purpose? To monitor health care and begin “coordinating” care.”
The stated purpose of the Council is to “help coordinate research and guide investments in comparative effectiveness research funded by the Recovery Act.”
“In fact, the White House announced on “Meet The Press” on April 19 they want to ration access to medical procedures.”
There appears to be no mention of healthcare on the MTP transcript for that date.