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Cuckoo Medicine

Spikeygrrl Wrote: Oct 19, 2012 1:57 AM
Louie13: Another piece of the solution which you imply but do not detail is that we need to sanction intermediate tiers of health-care professionals as primary-care providers, not prosecute and/or persecute them for "practicing medicine without a license." I'm not talking about "alternative medicine" practitioners and other lunatics, but rather about well-educated nurse-midwives, physician assistants, EMTs and military-trained trauma medics, etc. It doesn't require an M.D. to sew up that nasty gash your kid got showing off on his skateboard, or to supervise a normal, low-risk birth. Doctors and hospitals and their associated high costs are appropriate for serious illnesses and injuries, but they shouldn't be our only legal option.

“In a humane health care system, as much of the rest of the world has, no one would have to know the arcane minutiae of how to apply for a high risk pool. Everyone would have (coverage) that qualifies you for health care when and where you need it.” — Liz Jacobs, a health care advocate and spokeswoman for the group National Nurses United

Far from Ms. Jacobs’ ideal, much of the rest of the world does not have a health care system at all, humane or not. To most of the world, “a high risk pool” is a large body...