I hope you keep a keen eye on this trend. I say, hmmm, well, it has begun. This will be the first of many decisions from the panels to outright deny or greatly mitigate benefits or care. I understand the concept, but we must be careful this does not cross into DNA swabs and testing to determine the possibility of a future disease.
Decision points up ACA's dark side
Let's not fall asleep here. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's tendency toward “the greater good” has a dark side. I hope we are able to corral this before we all fall into “certain” categories that deny coverage or payments. The panels must have some accountability, especially for those over the age of 75, as the legislation does seem to exercise some implied authority to deny based on age discrimination. Some of this is good, I just hope we don't fall asleep here and sacrifice compassion because it does not serve “the greater good.”
Dan ErlerCEO and healthcare consultantThe eHG GroupOverland Park, Kan.
Sounds like the rationing of medicine, which many have predicted when you move to socialized medicine.
Joe QuinlanRiverview, Fla.
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