Governments cut out or ration ever more health services as costs rise. In Britain as of 1995, dental and optical services were no longer offered as part of the national health service. Elderly patients can be refused dialysis due to their age, because prolonging lives is not the best use of money after a certain age, according to the authorities who control the health services purse strings.
In other cases, physicians are wary of prescribing medication whose risks are equal or greater than the initial medical complication. Many argue it is the patient's right to decide which medical risks she should or should not take.