Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Government to Woman - Have You Considered Euthanasia?

So, the state of Oregon decided a woman's cancer treatment was too expensive, but killing her with a Dr.'s help isn't. Disgusting.

After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that would cost $4,000 a month, the newspaper reported, "Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn't cover the treatment, but that it would cover palliative, or comfort, care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide."

That presents an unacceptable conflict. The state health program should not be in the position of denying chemotherapy to terminally ill patients while offering to pay the cost of helping them die.

Update - The link above is no longer working, either they pulled the editorial or they put it in their archives where you have to pay to get it. But, here is more on the story.

Catholic News Agency.
The Register Gaurd.
Fox News.


Geoff said...

It reminds me of a movie that I recommend to anyone: "Children of Men". It depicts a dark future in which mankind has inexplicably lost its fertility and the nightmarish world that results within 18 years when the youngest person alive dies at 18, targeted by insane terrorists.

There's a lot more to it, but it's good because it shows how children are a blessing to our society and each is a miracle.

At one point, the main character visits some much older friends and sees a government issues home euthanisia kit, which they claim are often given to the elderly to have, whether they want them or not.

I pray that neither Europe nor the US will see the horror of a society that has so little hope. But I fully expect it to happen. Some countries have demographic decline such that they'll have difficulty taking care of their elderly. I wouldn't be surprised if part of their society tries to make the elderly feel guilty for living and thus being a "burden", or something crazy like that.

Amy said...

Hey - if socialized medicine becomes the norm, then THIS will be the norm.

Because all that will matter is how much $$$ you're worth versus how much $$$ it costs to keep you alive.

When the former is less than the latter, the State will decide you're no longer worthy of life.

Maggie said...

I tried to read the original article but they appear to have taken it down, as only the logo appears. Do you have the title or a copy of the article? I have access to Lexis-Nexis and if I have a little more to go on, I can find it that way.

Marcel said...

Maggie - I have updated the links.

Jarnor23 said...

Okay, while I fully agree at how despicable this is, I have to point out something about one of these comments.

Our current system is health care for profit. If you can pay them, they're glad to help, if not, you can die. How is this ANY more compassionate than any socialized medicine? Why SHOULD health care be a for profit business? And if you require anyone to be taken in by a for profit company, you've just socialized medicine.

Frankly, I think we've made a big mistake going away from the non-profit Catholic hospitals of this country to corporate for profit hospitals and insurance providers.

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