Greek Health System Opts for Amputation as Money-Saver
This Saturday, one of GreeceÃ?Â¢??s most respected newspapers, To Vima, reported that the nationÃ?Â¢??s largest government health insurance provider would no longer pay for special footwear for diabetes patients. Amputation is cheaper, says the Benefits Division of the state insurance provider.
The new policy was announced in a letter to the Pan-Hellenic Federation of People with Diabetes. The Federation disputes the science behind the decision of the Benefits Division. In a statement, the group argues that the decision is contrary to evidence as presented in the international scientific literature.
GreeceÃ?Â¢??s National Healthcare System was created in the early 1980s, during the tenure of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou. Papandreou, an academic, won election under the slogan, Ã???Ã??Ã?Â»Ã??Ã?Â»Ã??Ã?Â±Ã??Ã?Â³Ã??Ã?Â®, which is the Greek word for Change.
Just wanted to post this, because some people seriously argued that government run healthcare systems are just swell and "death panels" are alarmist nonsense.
So, there already seem to be amputation panels, and I am not even going to go into the UKs NICE programm.
How long before Grandma is told she does not need her expensive meds, unproductive as she is?