Story on BBC Breakfast about NICE refusing to fund £90k breast cancer drug.
Firstly, NICE aren’t really the problem. It is Roche that make it. The price tag is disgraceful. Although, I am starting to get the feeling that NICE are only here to ensure that everyone in the UK gets mediocre health care.
But, what I was rather annoyed about was the woman on who is currently on the drug. While I agree with many of her arguments, they are purely from her own perspective. And the argument that really annoyed me was when she said that she deserved the drug because she was a mother.
The basis of her argument up to this point was the, very understandable one, of how can you put a price tag on a person’s life. I don’t think anyone would argue with that. But, she then invalidated her argument with her suggestion that she was more deserving than other women because she was a mother. Women without kids are just as important as you, m’dear. Their lives mean just as much to them, and to their families, as yours does.
We can’t have people thinking that they are more deserving than others. If you go down that route, where do you start? What about those who are caring for someone who is not a child? Do they go above or below mothers? Do we decide that those with disabilities are less deserving? Women of child bearing age but no kids go above those past the menopause? It is a slippery slope.
The only decision that should be used is a prediction of who is healthy enough to tolerate the treatment and who will benefit.