About infant health care and health care reform
My brother's family was close to destroyed in a major hospital in Los Angeles: my only nephew's brain damage is severe and absolute and my sister-in-law almost died (and has permanent health problems) after she was allowed to bleed, and bleed, and bleed in the emergency room because no doctor was willing to take responsibility for her situation and so they all let her sit there ... so this hits close to home...
From a doctor friend on my Yale listserv about health care in the United States:
"Latest issue of The Lancet shows that the United States has higher under age 5 mortality than Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Cuba, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, all 20 countries in Western Europe, Malta, Israel, Chile, United Arab Emirates, and Canada. So forgive me when I have to take "We have the best healthcare in the world, and healthcare reform will ruin us" with just a tiny grain of salt."