Posts tagged ‘health’

May 2, 2012

In a more advanced world, this would be how (American) health care works.

 

You get sick. Maybe you get in an accident, and you need medical treatment.

You go to a doctor’s office. Maybe you go to an emergency room. Maybe you need an ambulance.

You go to a doctor who has your medical history. Maybe you go to the nearest hospital which you’ve never been to. In any case, you give them some personal identification info, and they obtain a copy of your entire medical history from birth.

You receive medical treatment. Maybe you need a serious operation. In any case, you get the most effective treatment, nothing more, nothing less.

You receive the bill for the medical care and pay it back in a reasonable amount of time. Maybe you can’t pay it all back. So the government pays for your medical bills, but you still owe the money to the government. Maybe.

I say this is how health care works in a more advanced world. However, it is entirely possible to have this in the current world. The only thing in the way of this is politics.

The government is responsible for providing effective, affordable health care to all of its citizens. Otherwise, we can not say we live in an advanced world.

Call it Socialism. Call it whatever the hell you want. I call it a basic necessity.

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May 1, 2012

Goals for May

  • Start writing my first paper (for reals)
  • Start writing my thesis (for reals)
  • Exercise every day
  • Lose 10 pounds (currently at 198)
April 2, 2012

Week 1

So I can keep track of my progress.

Today: Day 1 of the hundred pushups program. I don’t think I’ll be able to do 100 after just six weeks, or that I can even stick to the program the whole time, but we’ll see.

Current Weight: 196. So I want to be 186 by the end of April.

February 18, 2012

The role of vaccines in society

Vaccine development: Man vs MRSA

For decades, Robert Daum has studied the havoc wreaked by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now he thinks he can stop it for good.

 

I just want to comment on one sentence from this article:

“Meanwhile, pharmaceutical manufacturers are backing away from making new antibiotics, arguing that resistance is undermining compounds too quickly for them to recoup their costs.”

 

It boggles my mind that making new medicines and vaccines is still primarily run by private industry. This seriously biases what gets made in the first place, as those that aren’t seen as profitable do not get as much research.

I think it’s reasonable to think that making medicines and vaccines that ensure the health of the general population should be researched by the government itself. This is a not a field where capitalism should play a role. The government should ensure that research is being done to help the lives of as many people as possible. When medicines and vaccines do get made, they should be made available to who needs them, as cheaply as possible. That anything other than this happens, seems like a needless sacrifice of peoples lives, to me. And the fact that this doesn’t happen reflects how much more progress is needed in regards to medicine and society.