Thursday, January 30, 2014

COMING ATTRACTIONS: Ask these Elderly Sick how Universal Healthcare is working out for them in Britain

Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. 
They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. 
Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts. 
But pensioners with the disease have 44 per cent less chance of survival.
The figure for stomach cancer – at 45 per cent – is even worse. 
And Britons with prostate cancer are a fifth less likely to survive than Europeans if they are 85 and over. 
Just 43 per cent live for five years, compared with up to 67 per cent over the Channel. 
Patients in their 70s and 80s with kidney cancer have a 32 per cent survival rate, compared with 46-53 per cent in Europe.
Ciarán Devane, of Macmillan Cancer Support, which helped produce the figures, said: ‘It’s wrong to write off older people as too old for treatment. With a proper assessment and appropriate treatment, our research shows that many older cancer patients can live for a long time and can even be cured.

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1 comment:

BOSMAN said...

There is more to this story than meets the eye. Britain's Universal Healthcare (Like ILLEGAL and legal Immigration there) could be us in the not so far off future, unless we take steps now BEFORE it happens.

It seems there is a mindset there to WRITE-OFF or at least look the other way when it comes to caring for their older citizens especially around major illnesses like cancer.

YOU'RE KIDDING YOURSELF if you don't think THAT SAME MINDSET will kick in over here under Obamacare...WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN.