Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Complementary Medicine

A group of emminent doctors have argued that the National Health Service should not be paying for people to have such complementary treatments as Homeopathy, Reflexology and Acupuncture. Currently, such therapies are being paid for at taxpayers' expense.

To my mind it is a crime against commonsense that complementary medicine is provided on the NHS. The NHS is facing major financial cutbacks. It is having to sack nurses and close wards and yet it is paying for treatments that according to some research have no medicinal benefit whatsoever. Personally, I think state healthcare is a bad idea and in the long run is unsustainable. However, it will become unsustainable a lot quicker when they include such things on their budget.

Recently, women have campaigned to be provided with the Breast Cancer drug Herceptin on the NHS. This is not being provided for financial reasons. Where is the logic in funding therapies that may not work, yet denying cancer vicitims a drug that certainly does work?

Of course, complementary medicine has its champion in His Royal Highness prince Charles. That says it all.

13 comments:

The IBEX Scribe said...

Medicine? Isn't that what health insurance is for? ;)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Most people in the UK do not have medical insurance, as everybody is entitled to free healthcare from the state. I certainly do not have medical insurance.

God Bless

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

It's something of a necessity for those of us in the US. Free healthcare is usually only available to illegal immigrants.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, I should think it is.

I think in the long run, Britain will have to move in that direction. We cannot sustain universal health care through taxation with an increasingly ageing population.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Libbie said...

I think we should go back to health co-ops myself.

Rose~ said...

You point out an absurdity. Acupuncrure but not cancer treatment?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Libbie, thanks for your comment.

Rose~, quite so. Not cancer treatment in general, just a particular drug.

God Bless

Matthew

Jim said...

Matthew, we have free health care here in Canada too. Of course, there are many who want to start private for profit clinics and hospitals and the government is fighting hard against it.

Free health care is really nice considering a minor sickness or hospital stay can bankrupt the average joe.

But of course there are many who abuse the system and should be paying simply because they have abused their bodies through drugs, alcohol, and tobacco abuse.

I think Canada is probably moving towards a privatization of health care as well.

BTW, accupuncture has been connected to occult activities and practices. It seems people would rather resort to drugs and mystical practices than sound Biblical preventative guidelines.

God bless,
Jim

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, it is nice to see you again.

Very true about Acupuncture. Homeopathy is pretty weird as well.

I do not think that free health care is the best way. It makes people very reliant on the state.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Jim said...

Matthew, I would agree that the state should probably not be providing for all the welfare of the individual. That is the Church's job, but since the Church is not doing it the state has stepped in.

Two of the biggest crooks in the corporate world today are the pharmaceutical and insurance establishments.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, actually I do not see that it is the responsibility of the Church. It is primarily the responsibility of individuals and their families. However, this is not so easy in modern western societies.

It must be said that both pharmaceutical and insurance companies do a lot of good things, as well as bad.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

jazzycat said...

Matthew,
I agree with this statement of yours:
"Personally, I think state healthcare is a bad idea and in the long run is unsustainable."

I think it has theological reason (the fall) why it is a bad idea and doesn't work and in fact is doomed to failure anywhere it may be tried.

Jazzycat

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks for visiting, Jazzycat.