Right now, the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) is considering Guideline 12 - a revised policy provision that severely restricts access to cancer treatments for patients with less than two years to live. This would give a government-appointed board power over medical decisions rather than patients, their families and their doctors.
The HERC would replace cancer treatments with "pallative care" only. Patients would be given medicines to treat their pain and reduce suffering, but would not fight the advancing cancer. In other words, if a patient on the Oregon Health Plan were to be diagnosed with cancer and given less than two years to live, they would not be given a chance to fight and recover.
Sign this petition today to stand with fellow patients. Tell the HERC that we will not allow the state to make life and death decisions. Medical decisions should be judged on outcomes, not dollars and cents.
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