One of a kazillion websites geared to American babyhood, BabyCenter.com named Emma, Isabella and Olivia as the top 3 faves for girls born in 2009, but here’s one for 2010! QALY – how’s that for the latest hip new baby girl name for next year? It’s exotic sounding, certainly different and easy to spell, but what’s it mean?
QALY is an acronym for Quality Adjusted Life Years. Huh? Yeah that’s right and they want you to think it’s next years most popular new baby name, but it’s far more serious. IT’S CODE FOR DENYING HEALTH CARE SERVICES BASED ON THE AGE OF THE PATIENT. They already use it in the UK and Canada and it’s coming soon to the good old USA. Slipped into the Stimulus package in February (the one we had to have to rescue our system, jump start the economy and save or create 1.5 million jobs), were substantial funds as in $1.1 Billion dolares (south of the border-speak for dollars) for comparative effectiveness research.
It studies the cost of a particular treatment divided by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit from the treatment. And who gets what treatment is based on that outcome. They don’t like to call it rationing, but I don’t see how you can call it anything else. Let your representatives know what you think about this at Rollcall – register once and then go back for each new issue you want to address.
That’s it for now!
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