Health Care in America
The following article was originally published in early 1994. At the time that he wrote this article, Mike Winther was the Executive Director of the Society for Handicapped, a California based charity. Although this article was written over a decade ago, we feel that it is still timely and relevant to the health care crisis that is once again front-page news in America. We hope that this re-publishing will be of educational benefit to out current readership.
The debate over health care in America is now front page news almost every day. Everyone seems to agree that there is something wrong with the system and that something should be done — but what should we do? This issue is obviously important to all Americans, but it is of vastly greater importance to those who, because of disability or age, ﬁnd themselves more dependent on medical care than the average American. The truth of the matter is that the disabled and elderly stand to beneﬁt most from a good medical care system. Conversely, it is the disabled and elderly who will suffer the most from a bad system.
In this article, we will attempt to go past the political game-playing and look at the real causes and solutions of our health care woes. We will also look at the experiences of other industrialized nations that have tried systems very similar to what is being proposed in America.
PART ONE: Making the Proper Diagnosis
A good physician never prescribes medicine without first giving the patient a complete examination. The doctor knows that selecting the right medication depends on properly diagnosing the patient’s condition. An incorrect diagnosis could result in the wrong drug being administered. The wrong medicine will certainly not promote the patient’s health, and it may even prove fatal.
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