Caring Medicine

We have been fortunate as a family to have found caring medicine at the various homes where we have lived ranging from Poughkeepsie to Morningside Heights in NYC. We have preferred various hospitals for specific ailments;  particularly Mt. Sinai gave my dear wife, Lyn, best care which enabled her to live a rich and active life while coping with cancer during her last 9 years.

Our caring family doctor, Martin Frankel, is the center of a range of area specialists to whom he refers us as needed.

It is unfortunate (and ironic) that so many corporations, other institutions (some hospitals), and individuals (doctors and others) connected with medicine are greedy profit-seekers. The upshot is that American medicine costs twice as much and delivers far less than comparable modern nations.

Apart from profit-making, there are some horrendous scandals — those who participated in torture during the Bush years.

It is fortunate that Obama was able to press as far as he could with medical reform in the face of other crises and the usual Republican opposition to such things that have been overcome in the past. There are still some loose ends to be resolved — the public option which would guarantee medical care to all and a curb on the profit-making which still makes medicine far more expensive than it should be. And the ‘no more taxes’ jingo endangers many necessary things here as well as medicine.

May the repairs be continued!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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