UK Healthcare: Cancer woman runs out of time in NHS battle

by Infidelesto on January 27, 2008 · View Comments

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For those of you hoping for an eventual nationalized health care in America, just look at incidents like this in UK where the true consequences of “having to get in line” rather than going and paying for health care wherever you please.

Is health care equality really that important that it costs people their lives to ensure it?

This is exactly why Canadians and Brits are coming to America to get preferred health care treatment.

A WOMAN suffering from breast cancer has run out of time to benefit from a potentially life-extending drug which the National Health Service (NHS) denied her, even though she was prepared to pay for it.

Colette Mills has been told by doctors that in the four months since she asked for the drug the disease has taken such a hold in her body that the cancer will no longer respond to the treatment.

She is the victim of a ruling which states that any patient who wants to pay for additional drugs not prescribed by the NHS should lose their entitlement to their basic NHS cancer care and pay for all their treatment. She was prepared to pay for the drug but not her whole treatment.

Mills, a 58-year-old former nurse, said: “I am just absolutely gutted. I just cannot believe people make these decisions about other people’s lives.

“It wasn’t going to cost them. I was going to pay for it. How can they say this policy is far more important than somebody’s life?

“The NHS has taken this opportunity away from me and, if they are doing it to me, they are doing it to a lot of other women as well.”

The government claims that to allow some patients to pay for additional drugs on top of their NHS treatment creates a two-tier system between those who can and cannot afford them.

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  • Storm-Rider

    Liberty under socialism is really not liberty; it is a set of reversible privileges granted by the overarching government. Liberty in America was acknowledged by our founding fathers to be an irreversible gift from the Creator, and which would be secured (not granted) by a limited government. What you see with healthcare in Canada and Europe is what you will get under socialism.

  • http://ramblingbluedot.blogspot.com/ RobC

    Tantamount to murder if you ask me.
    I would sue them for attemted murder.

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