The British Death Panels have determined that proton beam therapy is not warranted for this boy with brain cancer. His parents disagreed and moved him from a UK hospital to a Spanish one. They are now trying to remove him from this process and move him back to the inadequate British health care system.
Since Proton Beam therapy is not needed in Britain (because the death panels say so) there are few hospitals in the country that offer it. This means that there are ever more British citizens who are receiving inadequate care that is commonly provided elsewhere.
One of the radio commercials that I hear frequency is for Proton Beam treatment. They advertise it for prostate cancer and other tumors. More and more hospitals and radiologists are offering it. Medicare and Medicaid currently pay for it although many insurance companies are now denying coverage except for certain brain, spinal cord and eye tumors (exactly what this boy had).
The proponents of proton beam therapy is that it is just as effective as standard radiation treatment with far fewer side effects. This is not sufficient for the American insurance companies, who are looking at the cost of the treatment rather than the welfare of the patients. Thankfully, Medicare still covers, although who knows how long that will be the case.
The bottom line is that in the United States we still have a choice over what medical treatments we want. This was upheld by the recent court decision that said that a Boston hospital and the State of Massachusetts could not dictate what treatment a child could get.
The imposition of Obamacare death panels may change this. We have seen it in the UK. How soon until it comes here. The result of course is low cost health care that becomes substandard when compared to the rest of the world.
Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy
By danica kirka
LONDON (AP) — The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice. Hours later, a Spanish judge ordered the parents’ detention for 72 hours while a court in Madrid considers whether to grant Britain an extradition request. Grandmother Patricia King told the BBC it was an “absolute disgrace” that her son and daughter-in-law were accused of child neglect after they took Ashya from Southampton General Hospital last week. The family says U.K. authorities had refused to give Ashya the kind of treatment he needed. The family has criticized Britain’s health care system, saying he needs an advanced treatment option called proton beam therapy and that it wasn’t being made available to him. King’s parents were arrested Sunday in southeastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor. After his parents’ arrest, he was admitted to a Spanish hospital. King says the authorities are “the ones who are cruel, because they have taken poor little Ashya, who is dying of a brain tumor, and they won’t let the parents, my son and daughter-in-law, they won’t let them see him at all.” Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman also w