The Rationing Service

Nice to see NICE being called what it actually is:

A life-saving treatment will be denied to tens of thousands of victims of Britain\’s most common male cancer after a U-turn by the NHS rationing body.

Prostate cancer treatment, by comparison with any of the female cancers (ovarian, breast etc) is already vastly underfunded.

The groundbreaking ultrasound therapy has been shown to kill nine out of 10 prostate tumours, and five years after treatment, 80 per cent of patients show no sign of the cancer recurring.

Compared with surgery or conventional radiotherapy treatment, it is not invasive and is far less likely to lead to devastating side effects such as impotence or incontinence.

But it costs £13,000 per treatment, not £4k or £5k.

You get what you\’re given in a Stalinist system, not what you might want nor what might actually be good for you.

2 comments on “The Rationing Service

  1. “You get what you’re given in a Stalinist system, not what you might want nor what might actually be good for you.”

    Hmmn. At least NICE is trying to do the right thing for the end user with necessarily limited resources. In a dysfunctional insurance system, the people doing the rationing have precisely the opposite motives.

  2. So much for the feminist argument (years ago) that breast cancer treatment was underfunded because male doctors didn’t care about diseases men didn’t get. If men suffered from something, they would have a cure very quickly, went the argument. Did anyone actually believe it?

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