When the United Kingdom’s NHS refuses to offer advanced treatment, and the patient decides to pick up the tab on their own
dime quid, what happens?
One such case was Debbie Hirstâ€™s. Her breast cancer had metastasized, and the health service would not provide her with Avastin, a drug that is widely used in the United States and Europe to keep such cancers at bay. So, with her oncologistâ€™s support, she decided last year to try to pay the $120,000 cost herself, while continuing with the rest of her publicly financed treatment.
By December, she had raised $20,000 and was preparing to sell her house to raise more. But then the government, which had tacitly allowed such arrangements before, put its foot down. Mrs. Hirst heard the news from her doctor.
â€œHe looked at me and said: â€˜Iâ€™m so sorry, Debbie. Iâ€™ve had my wrists slapped from the people upstairs, and I can no longer offer you that service,â€™ â€ Mrs. Hirst said in an interview.
â€œI said, â€˜Where does that leave me?â€™ He said, â€˜If you pay for Avastin, youâ€™ll have to pay for everythingâ€™ â€ â€” in other words, for all her cancer treatment, far more than she could afford.
If she tries everything, even selling her home, to save her own life, she’s out in the cold.
If she rolls over and dies like a good loyal subject, the NHS will gladly pay for it.
Officials said that allowing Mrs. Hirst and others like her to pay for extra drugs to supplement government care would violate the philosophy of the health service by giving richer patients an unfair advantage over poorer ones.
Nevermind that the higher taxes paid by richer citizens pay for the care of the poorer ones.
Remember, kids: socialism makes you stupid.