How much is a human life worth? $$$$$

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    Jul 17, 2009 10:39 AM GMT
    Thought this article from the NY Times was very interesting. Health care rationing and why it must be done.



    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/magazine/19healthcare-t.html
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    Jul 17, 2009 11:03 AM GMT
    if you gain 6 months but are being pumped full of meds to control pain, are practically incapable of even having anything of a quality life.. then I can understand..

    if it gave the man a potential of a few extra years of quality life so that he can have a last ditch blast before he departs then I'm all for it..

    at the end of the day we unfortunately live in a world that is ruled by money, everything else is secondary including anyone's life.. so, as unfortunate as it is, these things have to be figured..

    However, healthcare for the masses still is a good idea and should be given to everyone freely.. you shouldn't die because you can't afford it and yes, I get the whole medication being to expensive means you can't afford it, but you'll have everything else done, pain control, surgery, personal care by medical persons and allowed to leave the world in a dignified manner.. not just tossed in the corner worried about how thats going to be paid for.
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    Jul 17, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
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    Jul 17, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    If I ever get some illness where my quality of life is such that I am a burden to family or friends or I am just miserable being kept alive by meds and machines, please, please, please just call Dr. Kevorkian already.
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    Jul 17, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    There is a profound difference between people who choose to die because of quality-of-life issues and the red herring of health-care rationing.

    For the last 10 years I have lived in European countries with social medicine.

    In each of those countries national health care is a base and the goodies are provided through private care. That may not be 100% fair, but it is consistent and it does work. No one is denied basic care.

    The world hasn't stopped turning, indeed, people in Europe have an arguably higher standard of living than we do in America.

    The thing that people need to understand is that when there is national health care in the U.S. there will still be insurance companies who offer policies to people who want care not covered by that plan. The Mayo clinic will still take your money. Nothing at all will change other than those who have NO access will have access and those who have cash will have BETTER access.

    This is a good bet for everyone.
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    Jul 18, 2009 1:02 AM GMT



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