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July 23, 2007

Socialized Medicine Perk: Free Goodies For Addicts

Maybe socialized medicine isn't such an idiotic idea after all — provided you're a drug addict.

Britain's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellent (NICE — I'm serious, that's what it goes by) will recommend that the National Health Service offer free TV sets, iPods, and best of all vouchers that apparently can be redeemed for drugs to heroin and cocaine addicts if they manage to stay clean long enough to pass a drug test.

The vouchers start at only £5 a test, but each time you take a test the payoff goes up — and the testing would typically occur three times a week.

Meanwhile, as Katherine Murphy of the Patients Association reports:

Some people with genuine disease are being forced to sell their homes for the medicines they need.

Patients are denied drugs for blindness, Alzheimer's, lung cancer, etc., under NICE rationing. That's what they get for having conditions that aren't self-inflicted.

On a tip from Matt.

Posted by Van Helsing at July 23, 2007 6:14 AM


Moonbattery in a nutshell: Tax hard-working normal people so you can reward self-destructive freaks for anti-social behavior.

Posted by: V the K at July 23, 2007 6:51 AM

This is nothing new. Go to archives of usenet's multiple sclerosis groups and you'll find that the UK approved common MS drugs about FIFTEEN YEARS after they were approved in the US, Canada and much of Europe.

Drug addicts have been able to get legal fixes of high purity heroin, cocaine and other drugs for almost 20 years in the UK.

Lastly, the National Health Service has a history of strikes - just the sort of thing you want to hear about when it's your turn to see the specialist after a 3-year wait, or after the 3-month wait to begion chemotherapy.


Posted by: chsw at July 23, 2007 2:59 PM