American Healthcare and The Los Angeles Times Op/Ed Page
"Healthcare costs are sucking the blood out of the economy"
"Companies don't want to assume responsibility for their workers' medical bills and this being the global temple of free enterprise — neither does the government."
"Certainly the health system makes plenty of people rich — Big Pharma's overlords, or example, and CEOs like HealthSouth's Richard Scrushy (who received about $267 million in compensation from his company between 1996 and 2002) — but it makes a lot more people poor."She offers no proof of any of these statements. That is unless you believe that one individual's larcenous excesses proves that rather than benefit most people, America's healthcare system does more to contribute to our poverty.
But at least "the solution is obvious":
"If we can't outsource our illnesses — and there is so far no technology for transferring one's cancer or atrial fibrillation to a starving African or Asian — we can at least outsource our healthcare."And she cites examples to demonstrate that that is happening now:
"Patients are being globalized too, as hundreds of thousands of them from all parts of the world flock to Manila, Singapore, Bangalore and other centers of low-cost, high-quality care. Some hospitals in India lure the rich with airport-to-hospital bed-car service and post-surgical yoga holidays, and I can foresee cheap, Motel 6-style hospitals springing up in Tijuana for the American working class."Now there's a foundation for a sound healthcare policy!
At first, I thought I was missing something with this article. On the other hand, its tone is so nasty and so bereft of constructive ideas that I'm worried the author is really serious. I'm presuming that she holds in high esteem the disease-free Canadian and British systems.
One last gem regarding a consequence of her "plan":
"As for the estimated 2 million to 3 million insurance company functionaries whose sole business it is to turn down your claims, these folks may be a bit harder to reemploy because they have no counterpart in any civilized, health-providing nation."This from a woman who wrote an impassioned book, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America", about the toll that working in America takes upon its citizens.