Dying Younger Than We Should
Over and over U.S. citizens are told,” We have the best health care system in the world.” That would be great if it were true but the facts, baldly stated, don’t support the claim. Not only is it far and away the most expensive system, the U.S. spends half the world’s health bill, it fails to produce outstanding outcomes. For example, in one basic index, all of us in this country die younger than we should. A really healthy society does not have the radical disparities in wealth and income the U.S., one hesitates to use the word, “enjoys.” One in seven Americans are officially in poverty, the highest levels in decades. Evidence demonstrates that people in more egalitarian societies have healthier and happier lives.
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka is on the faculty of the Department of Global Health and the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. He worked for many years as an emergency physician in Seattle. He worked in Nepal for more than a decade where he helped set up a community health project a week’s walk from the road. He also established a remote district hospital for training Nepali doctors whom he supervised. He is the author of Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World.
Mark Launer –
The words of Stephen Bezruchka in this program represent most of our only chance to fix the future of mankind on Earth. It is very telling of our blind mind set that you must purchase it, his eminently important ideas are in the hands of those stupid human lemurs who. willfully, are headed over the cliff.
Dominic Maratukulam –
I just listened to the talk by Stephen Bezruchka on our nation’s health. It is an extremely relevant matter at this time, July 2011. I suggest Alternative Radio post the talk as a video/audio on Youtube. For this once AR should forgo the urge to make some money in the usual manner by asking to buy the talk for a few dollars. If it is published in the youtube and promoted well, like yahoo, there is the potential for garnering at least a 100 fold increase in contributions to AR compared to the AR web site strategy. I will contribute at least $100 to AR if it is posted on youtube with a plea to give a donation to AR. Also I will send the youtube link to at least a 1000 individuals with a plea to forward the link to at least 10 people each. This could generate millions of viewers and impact US politics positively, as well as the whole of humanity.
Looking forward to seeing the youtube video/audio before the end of July 2011.
Your response will be much appreciated.