Monday, June 29, 2009

now what kind of choice is that

Delaying medical care is a characteristic of poverty. For people living close to the edge, taking off a day to visit a doctor or staying home sick is literally taking food out of their mouths.

~ Paul J. Gertler ~

a professor of economics at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley

I'm the first to admit that I don't have the answers when it comes to health care. I just know that what we have now is broken--terribly broken.

Everyone should have the right to basic health care. Everyone should be able to get medication, because--HELLO!--everyone gets sick sometimes.

If it were up to me to start fixing the problem, I'd have two main targets:

1) The insurance companies


2) the drug companies (and their axillary, the FDA).

Where would you begin the clean up?


Carrie Wilson Link said...

Big Pharma is the devil.

kath said...

I can't comment except to say I am blessed for living in Canada. I know that there are a lot of complaints about our own healthcare system, lack of docs, delays in surgeries, etc. But today I phoned to make an appointment with my doctor. "Come tonight at 6:00" was the answer. No delay, no questions, no cost. And no matter what she prescribes whether it is drug therapy, massage, physio, it will be covered.
For that I am extremely grateful.

SE'LAH... said...

start with JAH.

one love.