Letter: European health care good quality

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 17, 2019

I’m interested to know the source of information about socialized medicine presented by a writer in Wednesday’s Post (“Socialized medicine should never come to America”). Is this understanding based on knowledge, experience or hearsay?

I have spent time in Germany, considered a social democracy. That means that social programs are provided, but it is a democratic and capitalist nation. Health care there is outstanding. A ranking of second-rate, as stated in the letter, is spurious, as I always saw a doctor who then prescribed medication which I picked up at the pharmacy. I stood in no lines. At that time, 10 euros were paid per quarter for treatment and medication during that entire period. This could include a sinus infection, broken arm, heart failure or all of the above.

The full gamut of treatment afforded by the system even included prescribed treatment time at a spa to combat stress — hardly “second-rate.” It should seem evident that no incentive to let citizens die is inherent.

The practical difference lies in the exorbitant profits in the American system, especially by drug companies, ensured through remuneration to elected officials and defended by the claim of “research costs.” I support funds to achieve cutting-edge treatments; however, the model of health care should return to being in the service of the public.

Finally, insofar as supply and demand leading to prosperity, as was mentioned in the letter, when the poor, retired or disabled must choose between medical care and other essentials, they have limited opportunity to acquire their “supply” of non-essential items, so “demand” is reduced accordingly. It would seem that if funds presently necessary for health care for so many were spendable elsewhere, other aspects of the economy would be able to grow.-

My grandparents were likely considered poor. However, in my childhood, they could own TVs, an air conditioner and even a movie camera. Yet the presidential budget, as presently proposed, includes substantial cuts to Social Security, Medicare and related services. Whom does that benefit?

— Eric Griffen

China Grove

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