U.K. Death Panels: Ur doin it rong

10 Aug 2009 04:33 pm
Posted by: Donna

That, and I’m never taking advice from the Investor’s Business Daily.

The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the “quality adjusted life year.”
One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on.
The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get care.
People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Stephen Hawking has lived in England his entire life.



  1. Comment by Debbie Stella on August 10, 2009 5:44 pm

    How on earth can anyone be ignorant (as in uneducated) enough to believe something so ridiculous? Of course if you can use Steven Hawking as an example to prove your argument, without even knowing where he has lived his entire, WELL CARED FOR life, I guess that you can make almost any mistake in the book…..and call it a convenient truth.

  2. Comment by Donna on August 10, 2009 8:50 pm

    Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon surmised that the reason they made the mistake is that Hawking’s voice device doesn’t have a British accent.

  3. Comment by Jen Darland on August 10, 2009 11:49 pm

    LOL Classic!

  4. Comment by Eli_Blake on August 12, 2009 10:05 pm

    Blind and immovable.

    Sounds like the typical American conservative to me!

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