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2017-03-31

ACT UP 30th Anniversary, New York, March 30, 2017

I took these yesterday, March 30. They are in chronological order, earliest ones first.

For info see http://www.facebook.com/events/204115296734664/.

     
 
 
 

Survey: U.S. doctors support single-payer; here is why

A LinkedIn survey of 500 doctors found 48% supporting single payer, vs. 32% opposed - even though they expected to earn less money. The question was, "Would you support a move to single-payer healthcare, like universal Medicare coverage." The article quotes the doctors to detail some of the horrible paperwork, healthcare, and ethical costs of U.S. medical care now. See Insurance is Driving Physicians Mad; Nearly Half Now Say They’d Prefer Single-Payer.

Also, on wait times for new-patient appointments, see Healthcare Dive (an industry newsletter), http://www.healthcaredive.com/news/americans-wait-an-average-24-days-to-get-a-new-patient-appointment/438531/.

2017-03-30

US healthcare kills: Canadians with cystic fibrosis live 49 years average, US Americans 37; whole cause is lack of healthcare

"Compared with patients in the United States who had private insurance coverage, patients in Canada had a similar risk of early death. Compared with patients who had public insurance like Medicaid, Canadians with cystic fibrosis had a 44 percent lower risk of early death. And compared with Americans who were uninsured, Canadians had a 77 percent lower risk of early death." New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/upshot/why-cystic-fibrosis-patients-in-canada-outlive-those-in-the-us.html.

The original research was published March 14, 2017, in Annals of Internal Medicine, http://annals.org/aim/article/2609289/survival-comparison-patients-cystic-fibrosis-canada-united-states-population-based (extended abstract available, but full  text behind paywall).

Comment: Deathcare

This study shows one way to quantify loss of life caused by excluding the poor (and some others) from healthcare. Dozens or hundreds of other studies could be done.

That access to healthcare saves lives seems obvious. But at least one conservative used selected data to argue that Obamacare does not save many lives, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/opinion/is-obamacare-a-lifesaver.html - published well after the two articles linked above (which it does not mention).

Another big fight will be the Trump/Republican budget, proposing huge cuts to almost all Federal activities except war - including medical research. (In science, NASA is to be spared - but focused on Mars, apparently to distract attention from Earth, which some consider more important.)