Wednesday, June 04, 2008

June 4, 2008 - He Married for Insurance

Here’s a news story that highlights, in a very personal way, the dilemma of those who have cancer but no health insurance:



The American Cancer Society’s statistic, highlighted in the story, bears repeating: cancer patients without private insurance are 60% more likely to die within the 5 years after their diagnosis.

3 comments:

Carrie said...

What a sad statistic! Thank you for sharing this, Carl!

cbelair said...

As a Canadian, this is simply beyond my understanding. EVERYONE in Canada gets health care. I watched the movie Sicko and was horrified. I believe the states is the only country in the western world WITHOUT a health care system in place. The mind set needs to change - 'we' believe everyone has the right to care and 'we' collectively take care of each other regardless - in the states its a more ' too bad soo sad'. Care is for those that can afford it. Even those insured cannot be guaranteed care - they insurance companies need ...sorry MUST make billions of dollars so a lot of needed care is turned down. I nearly fainted when I heard that!

Carlos ("Carl") said...

Some of us who live here in the USA - especially those of us who have firsthand experience of how well national health works in other countries - are just as dumbstruck about how gullible our compatriots are about those systems. There's no question in my mind that the Canadian system is far more humane (not to mention more cost-efficient) than our own.