Who gets the treatment?
One of the big things to watch for in the national discussion of health care reform is the whole issue of health care rationing. Let’s face it – no nationalized health care plan can promise everything for everyone. The result is that somewhere along the line, cost control measures will unavoidably turn to making treatment decisions based on some type of “quality of life” criteria. That’s bad news for everyone, but especially for the sick, the disabled, the elderly, and anyone else whose “quality of life” becomes subject to a government committee’s determination. Economists are warning that cost-control measures will be the only way to make nationalized health care possible. The question is: who gets the treatment, and who gets the short end of the stick? Something to think about.