The brutal truth about American healthcare

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    Source: The Independent (UK)

    An extraordinary report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been turned into a makeshift medical centre

    Saturday, 15 August 2009

    They came in their thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury. Some of these Americans had walked miles simply to have their blood pressure checked, some had slept in their cars in the hope of getting an eye-test or a mammogram, others had brought their children for immunisations that could end up saving their life.

    In the week that Britain's National Health Service was held aloft by Republicans as an "evil and Orwellian" example of everything that is wrong with free healthcare, these extraordinary scenes in Inglewood, California yesterday provided a sobering reminder of exactly why President Barack Obama is trying to reform the US system.

    The LA Forum, the arena that once hosted sell-out Madonna concerts, has been transformed – for eight days only – into a vast field hospital. In America, the offer of free healthcare is so rare, that news of the magical medical kingdom spread rapidly and long lines of prospective patients snaked around the venue for the chance of getting everyday treatments that many British people take for granted.

    In the first two days, more than 1,500 men, women and children received free treatments worth $503,000 (£304,000). Thirty dentists pulled 471 teeth; 320 people were given standard issue spectacles; 80 had mammograms; dozens more had acupuncture, or saw kidney specialists. By the time the makeshift medical centre leaves town on Tuesday, staff expect to have dispensed $2m worth of treatments to 10,000 patients.

    The brutal truth about America’s healthcare - Americas, World - The Independent
     
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    "Free" treatments? Show me where anything in the medical field is free.
     
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    He just did. Free to the consumer for 8 days in the LA forum.
     
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    I saw a report about this on the news tonight.

    I felt so bad for those people, many of them old and sick.

    The wealthiest country in the world can't take care of its sick people.

    How pathetic are we?
     
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    Now Chris, be fair. We need to be careful or we'll become socialist...like Britain, that well-known bastion of socialism.
     
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    apparently they just did....and lets not forget that the Forum is owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church.....
     
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    And of course government involvement was limited other than not getting in the way. Buy the way offer a free play station to the first three hundred attendees and see how many people show up.

    I wonder how many of those people were there because it was free and could have afforded it on there own anyway. And average cost of the treatments was somewhere in between 300 and 400 bucks per person for those first two days. scarcely a kings ransom.
     
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    You blokes wriggling because you're uncomfortable? :lol:

    That's fucking sad, that story. How the hell you can countenance that is totally beyond me.
     
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    A lot easier than I can contenance old people dying because the government doean't want to spend the money.

    Of course it's sad. But in certain respects it is also wonderful. The private charity work that went into this says a great deal of good about this country. Your just to damn pig headed to get it.
     
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    Okay, fire away. Why don't I "get it"?
     

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