We need nationalized health care

To the Adirondack Journal:

Not long ago, I underwent surgery at the Veteran’s hospital in Albany, and there were complications. The surgeon came to my bedside, wheeling his computer, and we discussed options. There were two tests he recommended and suggested that because time was a factor, we do both simultaneously. I agreed.

Within an hour both tests were done, and I was grateful that I had access to “socialized medicine.” And, yes, that is exactly what it was; forgive my use of what is frequently considered an expletive.

At no time did the doctor have to inquire about my insurance coverage, and whether they would authorize either test, let alone their both being performed at the same time. The medication that was prescribed was also provided without coverage inquiries being required. It was pure medical care. It was the same type and level of care that our President and congressional representatives receive but, sadly, not the general public.

The United States spends more money per capita on health care than any other country, yet we rank 38th in the world employing a World Health Organization formula that combines life expectancy with infant mortality. Every country ranked above us — every one — has some form of national health service, not health insurance.

How can that be?

Well, it starts with how the insurance companies drain fortunes from us. The salary last year, for example, of the CEO of Cigna was $19; it continues with the pharmaceutical companies being the second most profitable business in the world; and it goes forward from there.

Some things should be considered the right of every American, and health care is at the top of the list. It is immoral to think otherwise, and it should not be politicized.

Irv West


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