Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cautionary National Health Care Tales


The UK

From the UK Daily Mail
NHS tells cancer patient her care will stop if she buys extra drugs

A cancer patient yesterday condemned health chiefs as immoral for threatening to stop her free NHS care if she buys a drug to help her treatment.
Former nurse Colette Mills was told her health authority would not provide the "wonder drug" Avastin.

It also rejected her offer to pay the £4,000 a month bill for it herself.

Threat: Colette Mills has been told if she pays for extra drugs she will have to cover the cost of all her treatment

But the 58-year-old, who is having chemotherapy after breast cancer spread through her body, was shocked to discover if she bought the drug privately then she would be liable to pay the entire bill for all of her care - likely to reach £15,000 a month.

Mrs Mills and her husband Eric were forced to back down because they could not afford this.
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