Friday, December 04, 2009

Health or Health Care?

It is amazing to me that the US is the only industrialized country without universal insurance. And it is more amazing that we continue to think that we can get it without a party FULLY commited to it. It is obvious that we will need to go beyond our normal "health care" thinking, which often confuses health with health care. As others have said HEALTH IS POLITICS!

We need to realize that what we call health care is really illness treatment services. Primary prevention is mostly in the policy and political realm and outside of the medical, direct service, and often the public health realms.



"At present the United States has the unenviable distinction of being the only great industrial nation without compulsory health insurance,” the Yale economist Irving Fisher said in a speech in December. December of 1916, that is."

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