Don't know / Not sure
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
From a Jan. 2014 article
Reform Update: Its funding gutted, IPAB fades into background
But all of the noise surrounding IPAB has since subsided, and news that Congress gutted the program raises questions about the panel's relevance.
“It's sort of an academic discussion,” said Dr. Robert Berenson, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a left-of-center think tank. Berenson said IPAB was always intended as a “safety valve” if per-capita cost growth in Medicare surpassed targets, and there has been no need to pull the trigger.
Total Medicare spending per enrollee grew just 0.7% in 2012, even slower than the 2.5% growth rate in 2011, economists in the CMS Office of the Actuary reported this month.
“And yet it's still politically like gunpowder,” Berenson said. “You have a bunch of groups that continually attack it. So I assume the administration doesn't want to have to defend IPAB when it doesn't serve any practical purpose at this point,” he continued. “More importantly, the appointees have to go through hearings to be approved and they didn't even put Don Berwick up,” he said, referring to the Harvard-trained physician who President Barack Obama appointed as CMS administrator during a congressional recess. Berwick departed from his post in late 2011 and never went through the Senate confirmation process.
Last edited by iguanaman; 01-11-15 at 01:16 AM.
The article is a lie as is the statement by authorities.
There is not a "cure" rate. Rather, projected "survival" rates.
"Survival" means 5 years, not a cure. "Chemo" is used for a huge array of drugs, not one drug. The function of some Chemo is to slow down the rate at which a person is dying, but at the price for which the person wishes to die because of the Chemo effects.
After 10 years they consider the patient as cured.
My good friend who was in his 20s and in med school ( now a retired MD ) diagnosed himself as having Hodgkins.
He had the Chemo over 45 years ago and is now enjoying his retirement.
Here are some stats
What are the key statistics about Hodgkin disease?The American Cancer Society’s estimates for Hodgkin disease in the United States for 2014 are:
About 9,190 new cases (4,120 in females and 5,070 in males)
About 1,180 deaths (510 females, 670 males) from this cancer
Hodgkin disease can occur in both children and adults. It is most common in early adulthood (ages 15 to 40, especially in a person’s 20s), where it is mostly of the nodular sclerosis subtype, and in late adulthood (after age 55), where the mixed cellularity subtype is more common. Hodgkin disease is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. About 10% to 15% of cases are diagnosed in children and teenagers.
Because of advances in treatment, survival rates have improved in the past few decades.
The 1-year relative survival rate for all patients diagnosed with Hodgkin disease is now about 92%; the 5-year and 10-year survival rates are about 85% and 80%, respectively.
Certain factors such as the stage (extent) of Hodgkin disease and a person’s age affect these rates. For more detailed survival rates based on the stage of disease, as well as a discussion of other factors that affect survival, see the section “Survival rates for Hodgkin disease by stage.”
If it were a legal option, maybe more people that do commit suicide for psychological reasons rather than chronic disease may change their minds. Because those are the people that go off and do it in secret and devastate their families. Maybe they would seek out a professional to get a more peaceful end and then be convinced not to do so if it didnt all have to be secret.
And again, minors would still not be able to do so.
How is it a business anymore than regular medical or psychiatric care? They unfortunately already have undesirable aspects in that regard.
It is only your opinion that someone is throwing their own life away.