Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Death Panels Not A Euphenism
Remember Paul Krugman’s Death Panel Euphemism?
...“some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes…”
And his clarification of the euphenism?
What I meant is that
(a) health care costs will have to be controlled, which will surely require having Medicare and Medicaid decide what they’re willing to pay for — not really death panels, of course, but consideration of medical effectiveness and, at some point, how much we’re willing to spend for extreme care… (bold by ed.)
Yes, that Paul Krugman.
Well in Britain, Krugman’s clarification, “...not really death panels, of course, but consideration of medical effectiveness and, at some point, how much we’re willing to spend for extreme care…,” is apparently a reality.
NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.
Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.
He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country.
It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.
It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours.
“Liverpool Care Pathway.” My, doesn’t that sound like a nice stroll around a medical campus, or a walk to an inviting shower?