Sunday, August 16, 2009

What Is Comparative Effectiveness?

Definition: Comparative effectiveness is just a way to compare two or more treatments for a condition. This method analyzes things like drugs or medical approaches like drug therapy and surgery.

Why Is It Important?
The government will use this methodology to determine treatments for all members, including seniors, if their healthcare program is initiated. This method devalues human life by putting a price tag on each individual. AND what's more important, not every life is deemed to have equal value! Younger people are more valuable than older ones. NICE huh?

How to Ration Healthcare
Someone will have to decide who gets what care and when they receive it as well. A government committee will decide using a cost benefit analysis to decide if "grandma" gets treated or not - NOT your doctor or your family. They decide how much it costs to keep her plugged in - literally! The older you are, the less chance you have for treatment. That is the logic they will use.

What Constitutes an Emergency?
Any shortage of money, flu vaccine, hospital beds, hospital rooms, doctors, nurses, organs (like kidneys, lungs, livers) or just about anything you can think of can and will create an emergency.

But Our Government Promised No Rationing
Really? Use your common sense. The government medical plan will add 50,000,000,000 new people to the healthcare system. The new plan does not add ANY new doctors, hospitals, out patient facilities, or any new nurses. Is it really feasible to expect no shortages of these existing resources? Use your head! Of course there will be shortages! They will have to ration healthcare. You can count on it!

Think It Through
Ok, let's see how this works out. You're being told that the quality of care will stay the same with this increase of new patients. Does that make any sense at all? The addition of 50 Million new patients alone creates a shortage! DUH!!! This shortage will create an "emergency" on the entire system. Rationing is inevitable!

How It Is Decided
The President's health advisor, Ezekiel Emanuel is a proponent of this system of healthcare and has written several papers supporting the Complete Lives approach. He believes that we should "calibrate" the value of human life and the amount we should spend to keep that individual life alive. He arrives at a number for maximum treatment costs per year. Once exceeded, no more treatments are available! You spend the maximum and too bad "grandma"!

When implemented the Complete Lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals between ages 15 and 55 have the best chance for medical treatments. Ages 1-15 and 55 or older fall into the category of less valuable using the Comparative Effectiveness method. Here is a graph to illustrate the point:

According to Emanuel; "The youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated... The complete lives system justifies preference to younger people because of priority of the worst-off, rather than instrumental value."

"Attenuated" means to become weaker in value or magnitude. That is warm and cozy if you are between 15 and 55. The government will invest more money in young people and ignore treating older ones near the end of their life expectancy! Get it? Tell that to "grandma". Everybody else should be concerned - especially seniors.

Action To Take
Attend a town meeting. Ask questions. Write or call your representatives. Tell them to vote "NO" on government healthcare.

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