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Letter of the Day: Profiting from misery

  • This artwork by M. Ryder relates to the broken healthcare system in the U.S.

<b>Profiting from misery</b>

Editor: Should any of us be puzzled at the miserable level of this country's health care, we need look no further for help than Paul Krugman's excellent Sunday column ("Veterans, zombies and health care"). While paying twice as much per capita as most other developed nations, our return in lowered morbidity, longevity and other measures of physical well-being falls in the range of Third World nations.

The difference that seems most evident is our willingness to encourage profiting from the misery of others. Enormous fortunes are being accumulated by insurance giants whose primary role is setting limits between the insured and the service.

Drugs and devices are often marketed with shameless misinformation and lies as well as being protected by congressional barriers to price negotiation. The Affordable Care Act may correct some of our problems, but the basic issue remains the inordinate profits to be made from exploiting the sick.

This nation's medical personnel, research programs and physical facilities are second to none; their access to those who need them is an abomination. We all deserve better.

DR. DAVID P. MICHENER

Santa Rosa


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