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Tuesday, 7 August, 2007

US docs should strike... for universal care?

Doctors should go on strike to demand a universal, single-payer healthcare system, urges prominent American psychiatrist and author (right) in a Boston Globe :

Soon after HMO/managed care came to Massachusetts in the late '80s, I got a call from a patient I had admitted to the 28-day alcohol unit at the hospital. He said that he was being discharged after three days because that was all that the HMO would now pay for alcoholism. He said the HMO representative told him to go out and get drunk again and they would readmit him. [...]

Change will not originate from the top. In any hierarchical system, the only threat to the dominant group is the quality of connection among the subordinate group. This is true of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and sexual preference. In three great movements of my lifetime -- women's rights, civil rights, and the ending of the Vietnam War -- change came from my generation seeing an injustice and believing that by organizing together at the grass-roots level we could right an obvious wrong. And now?

I propose a doctors strike.

It seems strange that as , many American doctors are headed in the opposite direction. (I brought this up in our recent .)

(Thanks to Josh Umbehr, writing at .)

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  1. I agree that US healthcare has a lot of work to do, and a grassroots movement would be the beginning of a much needed change.

    Michael Moore's film makes some good points but many of his facts and points are anecdotal.

    Everyone knows that their is no difference between Canadian and American drugs, but Americans are not allowed to purchase drugs from to protect the profits of big pharma.

  2. There is a difference between foreign and American drugs. Foreign drugs are the product of government coercion. Laws abroad fix the prices. American law allowing the purchase of drugs from abroad would a: destroy what little is keeping the industry that CREATES the drugs alive (some theft of patents could result in continued creation of current drugs afterward, but no new drugs could efficiently be created), b: constitute the sanction of the coercion in question.

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