Re: Public Health Care (was Re: More Green Party)

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 23:24:07 MDT

At 06:47 AM 29/06/00 -0700, Brian Williams wrote:

>We too have public hospitals, Cook County hospital scene of Chicago
>Hope being perhaps the most famous example.
>You don't need insurance or a nickel to your name to be treated
>there, but you have to wait, wait alot, and fill out reams of
>And that's what all the fuss is about.

Interesting, but that doesn't quite explain Bonnie's sad tale:

>I've had to drink gallons of water to get
>rid of a bladder infection, because I couldn't afford to go to a doctor and
>get antibiotics. I know what it's like to take a risk.

Couldn't happen in Australia. And you wouldn't need to wait long, or fill
in *any* paperwork - just a local doctor, and a signature. (Major treatment
would require a trip to the hospital, of course, and attendant tedium. But
there's nothing stopping people here from buying insurance and getting
swifter treatment.)

Damien Broderick

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