One Afghan hospital has exceeded its budget by $1 million, is two years behind, and (in the case of fuel) overpaid taxpayer dollars by 9,900%. According to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, the $14.6 million hospital USAID is funding in Afghanistan is a massive management failure.
Hospitals trying to curb costs have chartered flights to send sick, uninsured, undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. It's a process called medical repatriation, and critics say it amounts to unregulated deportation.
Recently, after a couple of days of feeling a bit run down, I groused to my wife that I didn't feel bad enough to miss work, just bad enough to make work a lot harder than usual. "It might be nice to feel bad enough to have to stay home," I said sardonically.
Earlier this week I was whining about having what I declared to be "the fluh" which was the flu without the fever.
IF HIPPOCRATES, the "Father of Western Medicine" were alive today, would he favor Question 2, the Massachusetts ballot initiative to authorize doctor-prescribed suicide?