Seriously ill heart failure patients expected to live only a month and ineligible for transplant can get an implant of a permanent artificial heart, U.S. health officials ruled on Tuesday.*Sigh* It seems death is not allowed in health care any longer, but bankruptcy is (don't expect Medicare to pay for this one).
The grapefruit-sized, titanium-and-plastic device -- Abiomed Inc.'s AbioCor artificial heart -- may give patients only a few extra months and costs about $250,000.
Will there be any money left over for the rest of us in 10-20 years?
9/6/06: Addendum - Dr. A offers other insights.