Wednesday, November 18, 2009

If You Like The Government's New Mammogram Screening Guidelines . . .

. . . you're going to love government run healthcare:

"Mammogram advice — which women have been gleaning for years from pamphlets in doctors’ offices, fashion magazines and the tags of pink kitchen appliances sold to raise cancer research money — has been turned on its head with the announcement by the United States Preventive Services Task Force that women without unusual cancer risks should not begin regular screening for breast cancer until age 50.

To a large degree, in interviews with women in several cities on Tuesday and comments posted on the Web, the response to the new guidelines had less to do with medicine than with a general approach to health care — and indeed life itself."

Hmmm.  You mean, like, the best medical interests of the individual patient may not always take top priority if it doesn't mesh with some overseer's current moral philosophy or "approach to life itself"?  How will that work when some government bureaucrat, empowered to determine what's best for society as a whole, is compelled to take into account costs, the scarcity of medical resources, and the age and condition of the patient?  Isn't it possible, or even probable, that medical rationing implemented through - dare I say it - "death panels" isn't far behind?

Read it all here.

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