UK Rations Cancer Drugs, Pays for Aromatherapy

Obamacarians tell us that their hoped-for health care rationing will be based on scientific principles and efficacy studies. But rationing is about naked power, and that means politics and serving the predilections of those with the authority to decide.

That’s why this story is important. NICE, the UK’s rationing board, limits life-extending cancer drugs and other efficacious therapies, but allows the NHS to pay millions annually for non medical alternative therapies. From the Daily Mail story:

The NHS is spending millions of pounds a year on unproven ‘crank’ therapies while denying drugs to cancer and dementia sufferers. The rationing body NICE has approved a raft of alternative treatments including hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome and acupuncture for headaches – despite turning down proven medicines available in Europe.

Women can get free electrical stimulation therapy if they suffer from urinary incontinence and mothers-to-be with morning sickness can be prescribed ginger on the NHS. Other alternative treatments available include magnetic field therapy and tai chi for multiple sclerosis, and aromatherapy for dementia.

USA beware. The rationing virus is coming here. Soon, unless the Obamacare tumor is surgically removed from the body politic.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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