by Margaret Flowers, Walter Tsou, & Jill Stein, Green Shadow Cabinet, 10/8/14
The United States’ broken health system adds to the risk of potentially catastrophic epidemic.
Doctors Margaret Flowers, Walter Tsou, and Jill Stein of the Green Shadow Cabinet comment on the U.S. health system in light of the global epidemic and the first confirmed case in Texas, Thomas Eric Duncan, who tragically died this morning.
Dr Margaret Flowers, Green Shadow Health Secretary:
Ebola is going to test health systems around the world in the coming months, and as we’ve seen in Africa, the measure of the impact will correlate with the ability of nations to implement universal public health measures. Here in the United States, corporate interest and its control of the political process has created the most expensive and exclusionary health system in the developed world. This is a dangerous setting for an epidemic.
We have a system designed first and foremost for profit, not for better health outcomes. This has not only created a sub-class of millions without coverage, but has also fragmented the system into private institutions, all with different systems and technologies. A major outbreak in the U.S. of Ebola, or some other disease, would find fertile incubation conditions like those in poorer communities and would be compounded by an uncoordinated response….
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