Re: Public Health Care

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 08:21:19 MDT

From: Damien Broderick <>

>>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.

I don't know why Bonnie didn't pursue other options at that time,
I merely pointed out that there are other options here.

>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.)

I've had a taste of socialized medicine (U.S. Military).... no

If all went to hell, I have the second option of getting treatment
at a VA hospital being a Vietnam-Era Vet, but I have private
insurance negotiated as part of a Union benefits package.

I know people who live in giant houses, with summer homes, and 2
SUV's who take 2 or more extended vacations a year, and have kids
in private schools, who complain that they can't afford health

The same people turn up their snooty little noses at the idea of
being a member of a Union.

To hell with them.


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