Re: [atheists-36] Video: 'Health Care That Can Never Be Taken Away'

From: Harry P.
Sent on: Friday, May 2, 2008 4:14 AM
I agree. The doctors, dentists, hospitals, drug companies & insurance 
companies have organanized a health system that produces huge profits for 
them, but leaves out the ones who cannot pay. Two nearby countries have 
National Health Care that works for them - Canada & Cuba. But these are 
small countries & to make it work for the huge & diverse population of the 
USA will take a determined effort on the part of the medical professionals & 
When I visited Cuba, I was very impressed. Sure, advanced heart & brain 
surgery is not really available, but they go mostly for preventive medicine. 
It is organized by neighborhoods, where a doctor (usually a woman) makes 
diagnoses & hands out medicine from what may be no more than a front porch. 
Something serious, such as a broken bone or need of X-Ray, they go to a 
clinic that serves several neighborhoods. Surgery, or advanced stays they 
move on to the city hospital. When we were at the hospital I observed the 
Emergency Room - 3 medics were just standing around. I asked how many 
patients they treated & they said about 1000 per year, say about 3 per day. 
Cuba also has a medical school, at a former Military Officers Camp, & are 
training doctors from all over Latin America & even some from the USA.
These doctors earn about a dollar a day. How do they do it, & why do they do 
it? I felt a dedication to care for people that reminded me of the town 
doctor when I was growing up in Iowa.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Elias" <[address removed]>
To: <[address removed]>
Sent: Friday, May 02,[masked]:46 AM
Subject: Re: [atheists-36] Video: 'Health Care That Can Never Be Taken Away'

> JoAnna
> Being blessed by the gods of fate, I have been very
> healthy thus far excepting a few accidental
> parentheses. That in itself does not stop me from
> considering other peoples' plight, such as yours. I do
> not mind paying taxes when taxes are properly used to
> benefit our citizens.
> Aside of Sicko, there have been recently two other
> documentaries on Frontline-PBS and CNN's special on
> the health care crisis in our country, both
> informative and illuminating.
> For the life of me, with all the geniuses we have
> access to in this country, I cannot understand why,
> given the experiences, shortcomings and/or benefits of
> a number of other nations, we cannot come up with an
> adequate plan for ourselves. And I do put the blame on
> politicians and who they are beholden to.
> There are no excuses. NONE.
> I can make no claims to have an answer but there must
> be one. Where is our "can do" American value? Where,
> oh where have all the experts gone?
> Elias
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