31 October, 2009

Canadians have a "right" to health care? Apparently not always!

Wesley J. Smith posts on the First Things blog a story that is taken from the Globe & Mail (a Canadian National Paper) about two women who, despite successfully being treated with a drug combination for an illness for the past year or two, have been informed that the Province of Ontario will no longer pay for their prescriptions. One of these women was given a one year reprieve, but the second was not so lucky and now lies near death. It is worth noting that these women are not among the aged (not that age should matter), but are young mothers and wives.

It continues to be a mystery as to how such decisions as to the "value" of a human life are determined by the government. The fact that there actually exists a government agency that decides whether or not treatment is "worthwhile" for any life - and that this decision does not rest with the patient and doctor - should chill the soul of any Canadian.

Check out the story from the First Things site:

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2009/10/31/obamacare-canadian-death-panels-prove-lethal-danger-of-costbenefit-rationing-panels/

Globe & Mail link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/what-gives-them-the-right-to-put-a-price-on-my-life/article1346720/

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