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Homeopathy prescribing set to be blacklisted under NHS England plans


|Liberal Doctor | GP Partner/Principal|10 Apr 2019 3:36pm Of course its about the money, to ignore that is why 'liberalism' or more accurately, 'socialism' is currently so unpopular. 1. We're broke. 2. We want universal treatment, but we do not have infinite resources, result? we ration. For a 100 people to be prescribed homeopathic treatments maybe 1 or more elderly patients might not get their hip replacement before their death, or your mother might be denied life-saving new breast cancer treatment. By all means, doctors might be fine with their patients trying unproven treatments, but that doesn't mean it should be funded by the taxpayer, thankfully we still have some rational minds looking at cost effectiveness. If you're prepared to debate whether corgies should have to pay for themselves, then you're prepared to debate whether everyone should have to pay for themselves then. Unless you're saying just because someone wants something on the NHS, then they should get it (even the Queen!). Doctors can take medical responsibility for decisions sure, but not the responsibility for financial repercussions surely. I wonder what old and stale gags you're referring to... Blacklisting only results in the taxpayer stopping funding of it, its not denying people access to it privately. That's hardly authoritarianism, or you seriously don't know what true authoritarianism is.

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