A Miracle Cure For Those That Can Afford It?

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    (CBS News) There is remarkable new evidence that stem cells can repair a damaged heart and the early goings suggest it is a powerful effect. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association on Monday, but CBS News has been following this therapy for two years.
    It is important to note that this is just the beginning of trials for this treatment and it is not clear where all of this will lead or how many patients it might help. CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports on what happened to the very first patient who received this treatment....

    Stem cells help regenerate damaged heart - CBS News

    Also, recently there was news of a stage 4 lung cancer patient recovering in 4 weeks when treated with a cancer drug that was specifically engineered for the patient.

    I wonder if these miracles cures are going to be available to the poor or just the wealthy. It seems the costs are going to be so high, very few will be able to afford them.

    I saw the news about the stems cells growing heart muscle at a friends house who has a very serious heart problem and is one the 50 million with no insurance. He made the comment that this is just another miracle cure that people like me will never be able to afford.
     
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    Per conservative dogma this is an incentive for your friend and others to work harder so he can afford the treatment; if he’s unable to realize the income needed to afford the treatment, then it’s appropriate for him to die making such limited resources available to those more deserving.

    Needless to say I disagree with conservative dogma, as I believe we as a Nation are better than that.
     
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    I certainly agree. Unfortunately, there are so many people who just don't understand what it's like to suffer from a medical condition knowing there is treatment available but not for you.
     
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    Yes, yes, yes....Everyone who invested in, worked on and brought such discoveries to fruition should just be handed a piece of shit to chew on and told to eat the costs for all their hard work. :rolleyes:
     
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    there is that compassionate conservatism for you. World hunger would be a thing of the past if there were a profit margin involved...
     
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    The concern obviously is that over time, as health costs increase, fewer and fewer people will be able to afford such treatment, or afford the insurance to allow it.

    And of course insurance companies won’t even authorize treatment due to the expense.
     
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    Per liberal dogma...not an EMBRYONIC stem cell in sight!

    Liberals are so freakin' lost.
     
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    Isn't that just sad? Really sad. Unfortunately state of the art medical treatment just can't be provided to everyone. The wealth of the world couldn't afford it. The alternative is to enslave the personnel necessary to make these miracles possible. Give them a stipend to live on, that's all they need. A nice little guaranteed income for "helping" make the world a better place where everyone is entitled to everything. This includes the people who invent and build the machinery, the devices that make these treatments possible.

    In reality, medical treatment is like everything else. in the beginning it is unaffordable except for the fabulously wealthy. Then there are newer innovations, more production and the price drops.
     
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    However if we weren't throwing millions of dollars down the toilet on embryonic stem cell research, proven not to work, in favor of supporting what does work, we would be moving along faster down the road of affordability.
     
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    Heart By-pass surgery has been around a long time, yet the cost is likely to run between $50K and $100k and lots more if there are complications. Today, if you don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have insurance then you better have deep pockets or it's time to get your financial affairs in order.
     
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