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    But paying more for it.

  • #2
    But paying more for it.


    • #3
      "No other nation would allow a health system to be run the way we do it. It's completely insane," said Uwe E. Reinhardt, a political economy professor at Princeton University.

      "It was sometime after midnight on Dec. 8, 2007, when Dr. Eric Goren told me my husband might not live till morning. The kidney cancer that had metastasized almost six years earlier was growing in his lungs. He was in intensive care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and had begun to spit blood.

      Terence Bryan Foley, 67 years old, my husband of 20 years, father of our two teenagers, a Chinese historian who earned his PhD in his sixties, a man who played more than 15 musical instruments and spoke six languages, a San Francisco cable car conductor and sports photographer, an expert on dairy cattle and swine nutrition, film noir, and Dixieland j***, was confused. He knew his name, but not the year. He wanted a Coke.

      Should Terence begin to hemorrhage, the doctor asked, what should he do?

      This was our third end-of-life warning in seven years. We had fought off the others, so perhaps we could dodge this one, too. Terence's oncologist and I both believed that a new medicine he had just begun taking, Pfizer's (PFE) Sutent, would buy him more life.

      Keep him alive if you can, I said.

      Terence died six days later, on Friday, Dec. 14"
      "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."


      • #4
        Myth One: The United States has the best health care system in the world

        The United States ranks poorly relative to other industrialized nations in health care despite having the best trained health care providers and the best medical infrastructure of any industrialized nation.

        Myth Two: Universal Health Care Would Be Too Expensive

        Single payer universal health care costs would be lower than the current US system due to lower administrative costs. The United States spends 50 to 100% more on administration than single payer systems. By lowering these administrative costs the United States would have the ability to provide universal health care, without managed care, increase benefits and still save money.

        Myth Three: Universal Health Care Would Deprive Citizens of Needed Services

        The US denies access to health care based on the ability to pay. Under a universal health care system all would access care. There would be no long waiting lists as in some other industrialized countries due to the oversupply in our providers and infrastructure, and the willingness/ability of the United States to spend more on health care than other industrialized nations.

        Myth Four: Universal Health Care Would Result In Government Control And Intrusion Into Health Care Resulting In Loss Of Freedom Of Choice

        Single payer, universal health care administered by a state public health system would be much more democratic and much less intrusive than our current system. Consumers and providers would have a voice in determining benefits, rates and taxes. Problems with free choice, confidentiality and medical decision making would be resolved.

        Myth Five: Universal Health Care Is Socialized Medicine And Would Be Unacceptable To The Public

        Single payer, universal health care is not socialized medicine and would be preferred by the majority of the citizens of this country.

        Myth Six: The Problems With The US Health Care System Are Best Solved By Private Corporate Managed Care Medicine because they are the most efficient

        For profit, managed care can not solve the US health care problems because health care is not a commodity that people shop for, and quality of care must always be compromised when the motivating factor for corporations is to save money through denial of care and decreasing provider costs. In addition managed care has introduced problems of patient confidentiality and disrupted the continuity of care through having limited provider networks.
        "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."


        • #5
          There is a worse system, that what they have in the UK and Canada. If there health care is great, go back and use it.


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