Rationing Hip Replacements ~ dnd

total-hip-replacement One of the latest questions in the media about health care coverage reform is: “Should 85 year olds get hip replacements?”  The subtext behind the question takes three forms:

1. In order to cut costs, providing these expensive procedures to people who are going to die any day should be denied.

2. In order to cut costs, we’re going to let seniors die.

3. Greedy orthopedic surgeons are providing unnecessary procedures on seniors so they can have Medicare buy their new Mercedes.

As to the first point, there are only two reasons to get a hip replacement.  The patient either has crippling arthritis where the pain can no longer be controlled with NSAIDS or narcotics, or there is a bone fracture, either of the neck of the femur or the acetabulum.  In either case the procedure is necessary.

On the second point, this is the Virginia Foxx threat.  Enough said.

For the third point, should Medicare get between you and your doctor?

The point is all this is a distraction.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with the ideas or the legitimate debate.  It’s a simplistic narrative designed to spark debate about the irrelevant.  It’s no wonder the average citizen is confused about health care coverage reform.



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13 responses to “Rationing Hip Replacements ~ dnd

  1. Morning peeps,

    Agreed d, it’s all a distraction. It’s funny how many times I’ve heard repugs cry the Dems aren’t taking us seriously in regard to the health care debate, and they wonder why.

  2. dnd

    GDP numbers out this morning. Contraction at 1% last quarter. Much better than expected. The recession is slowing down.

  3. I think we’ll see growth in the next quarter.

  4. eProf2

    Excellent post this morning, dnd. The abortion issue is, likewise, a distraction.

    Any more news on the Congressman from NY who is submitting a “single payer” system? He was on Maddow’s program last night. I can’t find anything on his efforts today thus far.

  5. dnd

    The progressives say no way w/o a public option. The blue dogs say no way with a public option. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

  6. dnd

    A stimulus program that’s working, fast:

    WASHINGTON – The House has voted to rush an additional $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped “cash for clunkers” car purchase program.


  7. dnd

    This auto-tune is just too funny:

  8. No, the blue dogs are coming around dnd, I think they are starting to feel some heat from back home.

  9. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Friday, July 31, 2009 — 5:54 PM ET

    Corazon Aquino, Ex-Leader of Philippines, Is Dead

    Former Philippines President Corazon Aquino, who swept away a
    dictator with a “people power” revolt and then sustained
    democracy by fighting off seven coup attempts in six years,
    died on Saturday, her son said, The Associated Press
    reported. She was 76.

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