I started to put this in GQ, but there’s not a specific answer and I decided I wanted some examples.
My father and I got in to a discussion (read: “argument”) about doctors and medical care in the US. AS an example, my parents’ neighbor had cancer several years ago. He was an MD and was presumably more informed (or able to be more informed) and discovered a treatment which had a 90% cure rate for his particular type of cancer. This treatment was not available in the US (My dad says the AMA won’t allow it) The neighbor could afford to travel and stay in Japan for 9 months to receive this treatment and did so. He died anyway.
My father’s position is that if the treatment were available in the US he could have gotten it sooner and he would have had a much better chance of recovery and thus had a 90% chance of survival. Except that the AMA (or whatever agency determines these things) didn’t allow that treatment and thus was responsible for his neighbor’s death. I have no idea what the type of cancer was or what the treatment was, but my question is, for what types of reasons are procedures and treatments disallowed in the states? And what the heck can I tell my father (who has issues with doctors and hospitals and such that go back almost 50 years)? Can I have examples of treatments that are not allowed? That were eventually allowed?