I was choking to death from an allergic reaction while in Peru. Puffed up, eyes closing with great difficulty breathing. After the emergency admittance, main doctor's examination, two Cortosone shots and follow-up pills, I recovered, was released and handed my bill. Saving my life cost me $40 dollars, almost an insult to my vanity... but you get the idea.
They treated me without regard to what country I was from, but while paying I was told that if I had been a Peruvian, it wouldn't have cost anything--the nurse apologized for the cost.
Whatever is being said that makes anyone think we can't achieve comprehensive universal healthcare in the United States when a less-developed country like Peru can is a lie.
Why are people who know little about the way money works talking about what we can or can't afford, while we waste billions in war profiteering every week?
Richard Ray Harris
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Sep 17 2009 - 12:59am