[Marxism] Cancer and capitalism
schaffer at optonline.net
Mon Jul 19 11:51:07 MDT 2004
one last thought:
medical electronics and database systems make nice profit centers. but
is this the optimum way to improve health care at the moment?
the other night at 2 am i was down in an emergency room. the data
acquisition and display systems were superb: heart rate, blood pressure,
glucose, O2, all in nice neat plot windows for each patient in each bay.
meanwhile the waiting room was full of lower-income people getting their
sole access to the medical system. i was there to have a moth removed
from my ear (it had flown in just as i was falling asleep and i couldnt
get the damn thing out). while i was joking about my "condition", i was
told by the admitting nurse that a common ER procedure in this city
(Bridgeport CT: once a happening manufacturing town, long since faded)
was removal of cockroaches from the ears of the city's residents.
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