Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I'm sorry but you don't have cancer!

Because under Obamacare it will just be called something else!
What could be better news than your doctor saying the words 'You don't have cancer'?

Having dealt with family diagnosed with cancer there could be no finer words to hear!

Unless of course the doctors statement has less to do with a true diagnosis and more to do with redefining of the term cancer so that fewer conditions qualify due to the cost of testing and treatment!

Welcome to Obamacare and health care rationing!

'And why would the Obama administration want to re-define cancer?  Because starting tomorrow, Obamacare will begin subsidizing millions of Americans’ health insurance, and cancer tests and treatments are expensive.  

This is nothing more than a back-door, roundabout form of rationing.  It has nothing to do with improving health care or saving lives and everything to do with bureaucrats picking and choosing who gets what tests and treatments.' (Source)

From Forbes the article 'Why The Federal Government Wants To Redefine The Word 'Cancer''

'The federal government wants to reduce the number of Americans diagnosed each year with cancer. But not by better preventive care or healthier living. Instead, the government wants to redefinethe term “cancer” so that fewer conditions qualify as a true cancer. What does this mean for ordinary Americans — and should we be concerned?

On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would be called a different name such as “indolent lesions of epithelial origin” (IDLE). Their justification was that modern medical technology now allows doctors to detect small, slow-growing tumors that likely wouldn’t be fatal. Yet once patients are told they have a cancer, many become frightened and seek unnecessary further tests, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. By redefining the term “cancer,” the National Cancer Institute hopes to reduce patient anxiety and reduce the risks and expenses associated with supposedly unnecessary medical procedures. In technical terms, the government hopes to reduce “overdiagnosis” and “overtreatment” of cancer.

It is true that some patients wrongly view the word “cancer” as the equivalent of a death sentence and become overly distraught. This can cloud their judgment when they most need their full rational faculties to make sound medical decisions.'

Read the rest of the Forbes article here.

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