Column: ‘Right’ to health care doesn’t guarantee resources to cover it

As a former cigarette smoker I have a nightmare. Somewhere down the road I get a diagnosis of lung cancer. The doctor tells me the cancer is treatable, the prospects for a full recovery are better than 60 percent, and the cost of the treatments will be around $250,000.

Now let’s change the scenario. The doctor tells me the cancer is a difficult to treat, but there is hope. A regimen is available at a cost of $5 million with the chance for recovery under 10 percent.

Most people would make the following call: I should get the treatment in the first case but should prepare to meet the Lord soon in the second case.

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