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Sunny Von Bulow - 28 years of PVS

Posted Dec 07 2008 10:52am
Sunny Von Bulow died this week, 28 years after first falling into a comatose state -- either at the hands of her ex-husband Claus or by her own drug use.

While Von Bulow could easily pay the roughly $250,000 yearly medical costs ($7 million total), most patients cannot.  Where a public payer (or even a private payer) covers those expenses, resources are diverted from other beneficiaries.  

Many philosophers, bioethicists, and others agree that living in a PVS produces zero QALYs.  Therefore, while some may disagree about NICE's $50,000 QALY threshold, treatment for PVS patients far exceeds that. 
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