Friday, January 6, 2012

A New Evil: "Parsimonious Medicine" (Read Rationing)

Yesterday I linked to an NPR story about recommendations published by the American College of Physicians where the mask of pretense is starting to slip. They are openly advocating for futile care medicine and rationing care. So goes the slippery slope.
Author: Let The National Debate On ‘Parsimonious Medicine’ Begin
Uh oh. I just looked up the official definition of “parsimonious” and found, “characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.” Receiving “frugal” medical care would be just fine with me.”Stingy,” not so much.
My dictionary-diving was prompted by the controversial new ethics guidelines just put out by the American College of Physicians, the country’s second-largest medical group. As NPR reported, the new guidelines include this language:
Parsimonious care that utilizes the most efficient means to effectively diagnose a condition and treat a patient respects the need to use resources wisely and to help ensure that resources are equitably available.” more

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