31 August 2009

Killing Stephan Hawkings and Palin's baby

The Investor's Business Daily, with their buildings full of top researchers ready to give you advice on what to do with your hard-earned dollars, informs us:

The U.K.'s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) basically figures out who deserves treatment by using a cost-utility analysis based on the "quality adjusted life year." One year in perfect health gets you one point. Deductions are taken for blindness, for being in a wheelchair and so on. The more points you have, the more your life is considered worth saving, and the likelier you are to get care. People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

Actually, I've never seen Stephen Hawking's passport, so I'm pretty sure he was actually born to a family of pigmies in Africa and was smuggled into the U.S.--which merely proves that much more that there's something terribly wrong with the Brits and the French who have chosen to build their country right next to them.


Vancouver Voyeur said...

Did you see Stephen Hawkings' response to this? He lives in England and credits their national healthcare system with saving his life. Go here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/12/stephen-hawking-enters-us_n_257343.html

Karlo said...

I saw that. It's hilarious. I'm simply floored that some magazine giving people financial advice would employ "researchers" who spend 10 minutes at the water cooler prior to writing a story.

Comrade Kevin said...

I wonder how well those jobs pay.

libhom said...

Karlo: Investors Business Daily is so filled with rightist ideology that the investors who use it make incredibly bad decisions. And people wonder why we keep having market crashes.