From A Madman Only:

A Rant and Modest Proposal on Health Care.

By Max G. Bernard

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 Max G. Bernard, all rights reserved

On the cover: "The Doctor," a drawing by Luke Fildes (1843-1927) produced in 1891, now in the public domain.

Something is very, very wrong. The emperor has no clothes. Even a child can see it. Can’t anyone tell the truth? Why aren’t more people mad? If you aren’t outraged, you really aren’t paying attention.

The "best" health care? No, it’s not. You decide: The U.S. is number 33 in infant mortality, just barely ahead of Croatia, and behind New Caledonia, Cyprus, Brunei, Channel Islands, Cuba, New Zealand, and the list goes on. Dead children, who could have lived...

Millions in the U.S. lack health insurance. Many have health insurance that, to be blunt, is lousy. Health insurance companies, if you have insurance, specialize in figuring out how to deny coverage. Pre-existing conditions. That treatment is experimental. Exclusions in the policy.

Denied preventative medical services, many only see a doctor or enter a hospital when it’s too late. The cancer has spread. The diabetes has wreaked havoc with the vascular and circular system. All that is left is drastic action carried out to try to delay the inevitable demise of the person, someone’s wife, husband, mother, father, son, daughter, aunt, or uncle for a few days, weeks, or months.

Lots of people who don’t feel well put off seeing a doctor because they can’t afford it. Even if they have health insurance, they may not afford the co-payments, or the tests the doctor wants to perform.

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