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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

I just read an article on the Common Dreams website that compares the US health care system to those of other developed countries. I have personal experience of the French system that substantiates what the article reports.

It was my great good fortune to be in France when I suffered a colon perforation. I was hospitalized in the University Hospital of the city of Tours where I had two surgical procedures and was kept in the hospital for two months. The best doctor on the planet for that condition did the operations.

My sister came down from Brussels where she lived at the time; they fed her three meals a day for the duration.

The total cost for all of that was $6,000.00 That would have been the cost of a weekend in the hospital in Dallas where I lived at the time.

There was a whole team of doctors who cared for me, one of whom was a sort of “scribe”; he wrote all the reports and records. When I was released, he gave me a report for my doctor back here in the US. I translated it for my doctor when I got back, and his response was that he was “going to have to be a doctor” and reply. He did write a very fine response that reported on how I was.  I translated it into French. I sent both his original and my translation to the doctors in France.  Indeed, the US healthcare system is vastly inferior to the French one (and probably to most of the European systems, though I only have personal experience of the French one).

Here is the link to the article:


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

I read these remarks at online sites.  [From Wikipedia: “Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed healthcare journal established in 1981 by John K. Iglehart … . It was described by The Washington Post as ‘the bible of health policy’.”]

“American kids are 70 percent more likely to die during childhood compared with children in other wealthy, democratic nations, according to a peer-reviewed study published … by Health Affairs.

“The U.S. is the most dangerous of wealthy, democratic countries in the world for children,” (said Dr. Ashish Thakrar, the lead author of the story and an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System). “Across all ages and in both sexes, children have been dying more often in the U.S. than in similar countries since the 1980s.”

The quotations are from an article published on Common Dreams, January 9, 2018, titled “This Study Should Alarm Everyone’: US Child Mortality Rate 70% Higher Than Other Wealthy Nations.

What are we US citizens going to do about this?  How can we affect change and lower our child mortality rate to be in line with other wealthy nations?