Why the public should be genocided

I resent having to share my air with these people: 

A poll of 1,000 people found one in three believed the NHS should provide “all drugs and treatments, no matter what the cost”. Just one in four people believe the NHS should provide the “most effective and value for money treatment”

[actually the option picked by the sane 25% of the audience was "the NHS should provide the most effective drugs and treatments provided they represent good value for money"; arguably it's a bit rude of the Beeb to paraphrase it and then put the paraphrase in quotes - PDF]

There is no sane answer to this question other than “the NHS should provide the most effective and value for money treatment”. It’s a bit of a vacuous platitude, given the difficulties in measuring and determining what the “most effective value for money treatment” is, but partly because of its triviality it has the benefit of being obviously true.

 If you pick another answer (from the options of: “The NHS should provide all drugs and treatments, no matter how much they cost”; “The NHS should provide only the most effective drugs and treatments no matter how much they cost”; and “Don’t know”), then you don’t deserve to live.

Unless you picked “don’t know”, in which case I salute your awareness of your own limitations. Hopefully you’ll adopt the same strategem in elections…

2 thoughts on “Why the public should be genocided

  1. Doormat says:

    Maybe I’m not awake, but what’s the difference between:

    “the NHS should provide the most effective and value for money treatment”

    and

    “The NHS should provide the most effective drugs and treatments provided they represent good value for money”

    I suppose the 2nd one possibly suggests that if the “most effective” treatment is not good value for money, then no treatment at all should be given…???

  2. PDF says:

    The first is the BBC’s paraphrase of the second, which was the actual survey question. I’ve re-edited to remove the ambiguity.

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