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Nov. 25th, 2008 | 12:11 am

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundtheworld/

seriously watch this now. it is all about universal health care in other countries and how successful it is. i wish obama wanted universal health care. the video isn't even that long. just watch it.

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chanel the great

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from: wingbones
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
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universal health care should be the fucking number one priority. the health of the nation. goddamnit.

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from: pierogis
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
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god seriously


and like the flaws in japan were that the hospitals were in debt. it is never the individual. it is the COMPANY that is in debt. they standardize prices so hospitals don't compete. in england, doctors get a bonus (up to double their salary) for keeping their patients healthy, a good reason to work harder. one german guy was saying that when you lose your job, your health gets worse, so to take away someones health insurance because of unemployment is about the worst thing ever. i could go on

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from: pierogis
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
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medical school is free in germany. medical malpractice is 1/10th of the cost.

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from: pierogis
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
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medical malpractice insurance**

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maryam

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from: maryam
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC)
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If you want to get really angry, look at how our [scant] public resources are accessed and made available to those who need it. We really are behind the rest of the industrialized world.

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from: pierogis
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
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well when is pbs going to make me a video so i can just press play and the information is fed to me?

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maryam

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from: maryam
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment/jan-june04/poor_04-01.html#

It's not exclusively about that - it's about the working poor in general - but he touches on Medicaid issues.

I know you're swamped right now with school and work and life, but I highly recommend David Shipler's book, The Working Poor, for when you do have time for some non-school reading.

Edited at 2008-11-25 06:57 am (UTC)

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maryam

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from: maryam
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
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Also - Flat Broke with Children by Sharon Hays really focused on health care access. That was a real eye-opener.

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Christina

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from: fickly
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I don't even have health insurance in the U.S. because I reap the benefits of socialized health care in France. Every time I go back (a few times a year) I get all my check-ups and stuff done for like 20 bucks.

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from: pierogis
date: Nov. 25th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
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woah. that is nice to have the option to go to france. what if an emergency happens? aren't you worried about medical bills?

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