Sunday, July 19, 2009

Is it true that those over 59 cannot get heart surgery in the UK?

There's no such prohibition on heart operations in England as mentioned in a chain of e-mails concerned with President Obama's health care reform package and it's care for the elderly.

This widely forwarded e-mail, targeted to senior citizens and claiming that health care legislation could constitute "senior death warrants," is riddled with false claims. The anonymous e-mail claims that "[i]n England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or stents or bypass because it is not covered as being too expensive and not needed." That's false.

FactCheck contacted the United Kingdom's Department of Health and a spokesman said to FactCheck: "It is not true that anyone aged over 59 years cannot receive heart repairs, stents or bypass surgery on the basis of their age. He also said that medical procedures in the U.K. are not routinely denied for older people."

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