Oregon Health Plan: woman denied cancer drug but offered assisted suicide
Posted August 8, 2009
The wonders of socialized medicine revealed in Oregon...
Barbara Wagner, who is covered through the state of Oregon's government health care plan, was denied an important cancer drug she requested and instead was offered a drug for assisted suicide. Below is an excerpt from the KATU.com article:
Her doctor offered hope in the new chemotherapy drug Tarceva, but the Oregon Health Plan sent her a letter telling her the cancer treatment was not approved.
Instead, the letter said, the plan would pay for comfort care, including "physician aid in dying," better known as assisted suicide.
"I told them, I said, 'Who do you guys think you are?' You know, to say that you'll pay for my dying, but you won't pay to help me possibly live longer?' " Wagner said.
Below is an excerpt on the Oregon Health Plan from Wikipedia:
The Oregon Health Plan was conceived and realized by emergency room doctor John Kitzhaber, then a state senator, and Dr. Ralph Crawshaw, a Portland activist.
It was intended to make health care more available to the working poor, while rationing benefits. At the time, Oregon was considered a national leader in health care reform.
More evidence that government run healthcare programs lead to rationing and denial of care.