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Care ‘miracle’?

May 30, 2007

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To the editor:

I applaud New Jersey Gov. John Corzine's acknowledgment of the poor judgment that contributed to the vehicular crash causing his injuries, as well as his willingness to use the event as an opportunity to educate about the importance of seat belt use.

However, his statement about the role of "a series of miracles" in saving his life is puzzling. Perhaps one "miracle" is that he can afford the cutting-edge medical care and services that facilitate recovery from life-threatening injuries with an excellent prognosis and without financial devastation, in a nation where an increasing number of citizens lack financial resources for basic health care and where bankruptcy due to skyrocketing medical expense is rising.

I wish the governor well in his recovery and hope that his experience heightens his awareness, and that of others in positions of power, of the need for a universal, single-payer national health care system so that the "miracle" of health care that he experienced can be available to all.

Dot Nary,

Lawrence

Comments

jmadison 8 years, 3 months ago

Do you have examples of people being denied health care in similar emergencies?

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago

Emergency care is totally different from after-care, jmadison.

And the letter writer didn't say that others don't always get the same kind of care (though the poor frequently don't). They said that if they do get the same kind of care, it can be at the expense of their financial health.

One catastrophic illness or accident may be all it takes anymore to send someone into bankruptcy. But the governor didn't have to worry about where he was going to get the money to pay off all those medical bills, did he?

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 3 months ago

crazyks and nschmi04 make excellent points. Although Dot need not have pejoratized the word "miracle" in her letter by placing it in quotation marks, she successfully pointed out that Governor Corzine belongs to an elite group of individuals--those with access to health care services.

One may or may not agree with her position on single-payer, universal health care. Regardless, her point that fewer and fewer Americans have adequate access to appropriate health care--and that this situation must be addressed by our society--is dead-on.

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