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February 2, 2010

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To the editor:

I quote from Mr. Supernaw’s letter (Public Forum, Jan. 26): “If Mr. Hirschey lived in countries with government-run health systems like Canada, Germany, England or Japan, he would have received the same excellent care he received here with not one dime out of pocket. Incidentally all those government-run health systems are rated superior to ours and at less cost per person.”

I can only speak with respect to the health system of England where a member of my staff was stricken with cancer of the bone. He was 66 years old. The “system,” because of his age, refused treatment. He subsequently died a few months latter. Might this be the action of a “death squad”?

As to the health systems being superior to ours one wonders why many from other countries come to the United States for treatment. It certainly cannot be because the cost here is less than in their own country. Could it be that they can get superior treatment here? (or maybe get treatment that was refused in their own country? )

Our health care system is costly. There are things that can be done to lower these costs, none of which is to pass the current bills being considered in House/Senate.

P.T. Cross,

Lawrence

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

PT-- people are regularly denied treatment in the US-- certainly at a much higher rate than in Britain. Studies show that 22,000 people die every year here simply because they have no access to healthcare.

Lots of people leave this country to seek treatment elsewhere, as well, for a variety of reasons, while most of those coming here are wealthy, tapping into a system that rations treatment primarily on the basis of wealth.

SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 10 months ago

Great letter, P.T.

I would add that what motivates many advocates for socialized medicine is a desire for control.

You and I are more easily led if we surrender our rights, our income and our responsibility to a central government. We must not allow that to happen.

rtwngr 4 years, 10 months ago

Bozo - To say that people are denied treatment in the U.S. at a much higher rate than in Britain is a statement backed by no evidence at all. I believe it to be a lie. Additionally, I would like to see the study that you cite as evidence for the death of 22,000 people in our country that die because they have no "access" to healthcare. Health coverage/insurance and access are two very different things. No matter how indigent an individual is in the State of Kansas, they can get medical attention through a state facility. In this state, by law, a facility that receives state funds cannot refuse treatment to anyone.

Kirk Larson 4 years, 10 months ago

We don't get the full story of this person with bone cancer. If he was in America and had no insurance he likely would have languished and died in a couple months. If he had good health insurance doctors probably would have used many expensive tests and treatments, made him miserable with radiation and chemo, cut him up with extensive surgeries and he would still probably have died in a couple months. Bone cancer is like that.

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