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    This is article from The Federalist, so I am taking it seriously. The author is General Counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research.

    The gist is that CVS announced a partnership with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). This group, funded by left wing billionaires (and yes, Soros is lurking in the background) worked with United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

    NICE, it turns out is not so nice. Basically, ICER helped NICE ration care, so many British citizens are on waiting lists and can't get the drugs they need. Apparently, NICE's favorite drugs to ration are drugs for cancer and lupus. CVS is already being affected by NICE and, most likely, will begin to ration.

    This article is worth the read.

    CVS Makes Plans To Ration Customers’ Health Care
    http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/28/...s-health-care/

    CVS Caremark customers throughout America recently received bad news as the retail pharmaceutical chain officially closed on its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna. This is bad news because CVS is now working with a nonprofit “health” advisor that may ration customers’ health care choices.

    In August, CVS announced a partnership with the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit group that bills itself as a medical review board. But its leadership team and the far-left billionaires footing its bill paint a troubling picture.

    ICER was founded by Dr. Steven Pearson. Pearson previously worked with the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). A pleasant-sounding moniker, NICE is anything but.

    Thanks to NICE guidelines, millions of British citizens are on waiting lists at any given time for procedures, hundreds of thousands are waiting for basic diagnostic tests, and thousands of operations are regularly cancelled. During the first quarter of 2018, “the number of British patients waiting 18 weeks or more for treatment increased by 35 percent, which was an increase of 128,575 patients from about 362,000 patients in 2017, to over 490,000 patients in 2018. Additionally, by March 2018, 2,755 patients had waited over a year to be treated, compared to 1,528 patients in 2017,” according to The Heritage Foundation.

    NICE is even worse about drug approvals. NICE “has declined to fund [drugs] such as Benlysta, Novartis, Sorafenib and Avastin. The first is a treatment for lupus while the last three can extend the life of cancer patients. The Rare Cancers Forum notes that 16,000 patients annually could benefit from cancer drugs rejected by NICE,” notes the National Center for Public Policy Research’s David Hogberg.

    Under ICER’s direction, CVS has set a “threshold of $100,000 per QALY, or quality-of-life years, a benchmark that measures both the quantity and quality of life generated by providing a treatment or some other health care intervention.” In practice, that means ICER’s opinion about the so-called quality of life value will determine whether CVS customers can receive new prescription drugs and treatments.

    This means that even if a doctor prescribes a drug for a patient, that individual may find that CVS doesn’t carry that medication if it doesn’t fit ICER’s parameters. Think of it as socialized health care without the socialistic government regime...
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    Very frightening. I use CVS Caremark. So far they've been OK, but have noticed that my new internist seems to be focused on lowering costs and not getting some of the care that we need. It's time to change docs, but have a feeling that they'll all be the same shortly.
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    So its not enough for them to tell all the little people how to live, but IF they live.
    Hyper-rich leftists... What malfunctions in these people's heads that allows them to believe themselves qualified and justified?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    Very frightening. I use CVS Caremark. So far they've been OK, but have noticed that my new internist seems to be focused on lowering costs and not getting some of the care that we need. It's time to change docs, but have a feeling that they'll all be the same shortly.
    The large chains will be the same, that is for sure. I have noticed that CVS keeps trying to give me the generic of a med and charge me the same price as the name brand. I don't know how we get around this. But notice who the funders are. The left wing billionaires who couldn't get their way by Obamacare are now doing it more stealthily through the market itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3rd-try View Post
    So its not enough for them to tell all the little people how to live, but IF they live.
    Hyper-rich leftists... What malfunctions in these people's heads that allows them to believe themselves qualified and justified?
    They have money and are "superior" in their own minds. Why Big Pharma should be charging what it does is another question....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    The large chains will be the same, that is for sure. I have noticed that CVS keeps trying to give me the generic of a med and charge me the same price as the name brand. I don't know how we get around this. But notice who the funders are. The left wing billionaires who couldn't get their way by Obamacare are now doing it more stealthily through the market itself.
    I wouldn't let them get away with it. They got sick of listening to my complaints, but I was determined they wouldn't win. They were charging more for the generic of my synthroid (had my thyroid removed many years ago) than the real thing. I refused to accept the generic when they tried palming it off on me. I would open the bag and return it to them, saying I wanted the less expensive real med. They caved. With a hormone, the generic just isn't the same. My doc would prescribe the real med, but they kept trying to give me the generic. You just have to fight back against them, but it's an uphill battle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    I wouldn't let them get away with it. They got sick of listening to my complaints, but I was determined they wouldn't win. They were charging more for the generic of my synthroid (had my thyroid removed many years ago) than the real thing. I refused to accept the generic when they tried palming it off on me. I would open the bag and return it to them, saying I wanted the less expensive real med. They caved. With a hormone, the generic just isn't the same. My doc would prescribe the real med, but they kept trying to give me the generic. You just have to fight back against them, but it's an uphill battle.
    In a way, I am glad to hear this. It means it is their general shtick and I consider myself forewarned.
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    CVS is the only chain pharmacy in poor neighborhoods in Detroit. Walgeens' and Rite Aid have closed a lot of stores. Meijer only has 2 stores in the city, and they are in more upscale parts of town. No Walmarts or Targets in the city at this point in time.

    It seems that everything is in place to set CVS up as a monopoly in poor areas. If they are rationing care, then who gets hurt first? Poor people, and the taxpayers who pay for Medicaid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    It seems that everything is in place to set CVS up as a monopoly in poor areas. If they are rationing care, then who gets hurt first? Poor people, and the taxpayers who pay for Medicaid.
    Very good point! These things are always beta tested in the poor, usually minority areas. If you watch education at all, every bad idea in K-12 was dumped on the poor black schools first. Their parents were not well educated and didn't know that the education was being compromised. To middle class whites, the changes were largely invisible because they weren't happening in their kids' schools. It took until the late 70s'/early 80s before white parents started noticing that the same Skinnerian non-education was coming their way. By then, it was too late to fight it all because State Boards of Ed were already on board. This was because the national Department of Ed (and before that HEW, Health Education and Welfare) was pushing these changes and their interference was justified by Federal money (which only accounts for about 5% of the schools' budgets, but which requires 100% compliance to Federal diktats.)

    It was these changes, mandated by state and Federal governments that jumpstarted a lot of the home schooling movement. To their credit, white conservatives understood where this was going and wanted the Department of Education abolished, something Ronald Reagan promised to do in his 1980 campaign. Unfortunately, Poppy Bush was put in there to keep Reagan from any radical (populist) changes and the DoE just got more massive and powerful. It hires mostly idealogues, especially in its civll rights division. Until that agency is eliminated and local responsive governments allowed to assume control, education will be the crime that it now is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    I wouldn't let them get away with it. They got sick of listening to my complaints, but I was determined they wouldn't win. They were charging more for the generic of my synthroid (had my thyroid removed many years ago) than the real thing. I refused to accept the generic when they tried palming it off on me. I would open the bag and return it to them, saying I wanted the less expensive real med. They caved. With a hormone, the generic just isn't the same. My doc would prescribe the real med, but they kept trying to give me the generic. You just have to fight back against them, but it's an uphill battle.

    My wife had her thyroid removed many years ago as well. She was always on synthroid. When the medical plans changed they wanted her to take a generic. She broke out in a terrible rash on her upper torso. She had to get a letter from her doctor explaining that while it was rare he had seen this happen before. No problem since.
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