I did a post back on New Year's Day about a friend of mine whose life was saved repeatedly by the much-maligned (and misrepresented in the US) Canadian health care system.A Personal StoryIt elicited this heartbreaking response from a woman in Colorado whose brother died of inadequate insurance while visiting LA.At Our ExpenseThe old high school learning tool of compare and contrast is still useful. BTW, driven by the memory of her brother, Kristen has probably the best blog dedicated to improving the health care system anywhere. Ave Cassandra
betmo, this is an absolutely shocking event. The mistaken assumptions and callousness added up to a sickening feeling as I listened to a rebroadcast of the 911 tapes. What on earth were ALL those people thinking was going on?! If I did not know better I would say that this poor woman died as a victim of a two-tiered health care system, in addition to what almost amounts to manslaughter. Thanks for the post.
not to mention- she seemed to be of hispanic descent.
I wouldn't say only in America, I would ask why in America. This should never happen in America.Just as bad are the people who paid for medical insurance, then are denied a life saving procedure because the insurance company decided it was to expensive for their company.
Her symptoms were such that about 4 different things could and should have been considered for testing. It wasn't rocket science to have given her an ultra sound or an X-ray for starters. She certainly died needlessly... and once I saw that she was an overweight ethnic woman...I knew then and there why she wasn't treated appropriately. I'll stop here...because I could go on and on.
Universal healthcare would prevent that from happening, but that's socialism.
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