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Monday, October 19, 2009

FL plan would bar some patients in case of severe flu

From this article:
Florida health officials are drawing up guidelines that recommend barring patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions from being admitted to hospitals if the state is overwhelmed by flu cases.

I wonder why they would bar those patients only if they are overwhelmed by flu?

Why not a terrorist attack? Surely if a dirty bomb is set off in FL the people with cancer and MS should be barred from medical treatment to save resources for others, right?

I realize that in times of high demand for any service there may come a point where you have to perform a sort of triage.

I see two messages in this:
1. Some people in government may be getting worried about a severe flu outbreak and they want to have rules in place to handle the situation.

2. This is a good way to get people used to the idea of rationing healthcare.

I wonder if they will have "end of life counselors" on hand for those they turn away?

If you can you should prepare to take care of your own to the best of your ability. The government has no duty to protect you from the flu any more than it has a duty to protect you from a murderer or rapist.

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