Health Care For People

If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?

 

A man peddles potions at a weekly gathering of farmers and fishermen. With medicines often too expensive to buy, many Filipinos resort to homemade remedies which promise to cure common ailments and ward off evil spirits. CREDIT:  Alma Alcoran for LA Times
CREDIT: Alma Alcoran for LA Times

I come from a country where healthcare is a privilege for the wealthy, and while the hospitals cannot deny you a bed, you cannot have any medical tests or procedures performed, or even the basic medicine without first paying for it, as they bring you the daily receta which you then turn in to the pharmacy – with payment, of course.  Everything has to be paid up front – a portion with a promise to pay the balance later on, or in full – otherwise, no medical interventions, no matter how dire your situation, will be performed for the patient in need.

In New Mexico, there is a place called Casa de Salud, where doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, acupuncturists and energy healers see patients without insurance.  With a nominal fee for their services, you get seen if you wait long enough, for such service is in high demand when healthcare is at a premium.  They’ve evolved since I first heard about them over eight years ago, but I believe their tenets have remained the same.  Healthcare for people, not for profit.

So if I could clone something for my hometown, it would be this – that everyone is afforded dignity-based medical services, whoever you may be – especially those left out of the healthcare system that often is more focused on profit more than human dignity.

Daily Prompt

7 thoughts on “Health Care For People

  1. I agree.
    I would clone the kind of healthcare that my country when I was a child, before the whittling away of social programs and sneaky moves towards privatization.

I'd love to hear what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s