Monday, July 02, 2012

Health Petition: Blue Cross of Idaho: Cover life-extending cancer treatment for a wife, mother, and teacher | Change.org

Health Petition: Blue Cross of Idaho: Cover life-extending cancer treatment for a wife, mother, and teacher | Change.org

I haven't signed the petition. Because I don't think that major health care decisions should be made by popular appeal, but by a careful analysis of all the facts. And of the costs. It's very warm and fuzzy to say that 'money shouldn't matter', that if a treatment is available, it should be available to everyone regardless of cost.
But then there's the dilemma of cost and real benefit [for a good intro to this issue, see here].
Do we find ourselves spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep everyone alive for just as long as possible? Well then, who pays the bill? Yes, insurance companies make a profit. It is the nature of the beast. If that thought is so horrible, and is used to justify the attempt to force them to pay out thousands for an unproven treatment, then why isn't there more support for taking the profit out of the picture; for moving to a nationwide provider, with equal access for all, and equal treatment for all.  I wonder if anyone signing this petition has voted Tea Party or Republican?
Thinking of a certain family I know to be rabid Republicans [they like to call themselves independents, but most of their actions belie them]; but when the dissolute middle brother came near the end of his wasted life, they moved into high gear to get him on Medicare, to fight for every bit of treatment they could get, to prolong his life.  Damn the costs, let the public pay!
Of course, I really really really hope that when my time comes, I remember to stick to what I advocate now! Better to accept death, make my peace with it, than to waste time and money fighting the inevitable.

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