The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

How Much Health Care Can You Afford?

Mar 9, 2009

A new 300-bed hospital just opened in a Detroit suburb, with all private rooms, and state of the art medical technology. An ad for this satellite facility of the Henry Ford Hospital system explained that private rooms are important because they cut the risk of hospital infections in half. Nurses will have the ability to give medication without being disturbed, so as to cut down on the risk of giving the wrong medicine or dosages.

Great. Henry Ford should set up all its hospitals this way. But no, it’s only this one – opened up far out of Detroit in a wealthy suburb, out of reach, geographically and financially, for the vast majority of the population in the area.

The U.S. medical system features one kind of care for the wealthy, a lesser care for those with medical insurance, and rotten care for the 87 million of us without insurance at some point in any year!