Who gets to decide if you get treatment under national health care

iPods for addicts while others go without treatment. That said, it is an interesting test to see if incentives work.

DRUG addicts are to be offered gift vouchers and prizes on the National Health Service under plans by the government’s medicine watchdog to encourage them to stay clean.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) will recommend the system of inducements, which could enable clinics to offer televisions and iPods as prizes, to tackle the burgeoning drugs problem. But patients denied drugs for blindness, Alzheimer’s and lung cancer under Nice rationing are likely to accuse it of wasting public money.

Katherine Murphy, of the Patients Association, said: “Why should these people with self-inflicted problems be given priority over people who have a genuine illness? Some people with genuine disease are being forced to sell their homes for the medicines they need.” . . . .

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Anonymous Eric said...

What exactly is being incentivized? Is it too unkind to wonder if it is more likely that the addicts will hock the prizes buy more drugs?

7/22/2007 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

It sounds as though almost worth everyone signing up as an addict...

It's a bit like the British incentives for encouraging teenage pregnancy (free furnished council house, free holidays and spending money, increased dole...)

7/23/2007 11:57 AM  

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