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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Thursday, May 11, 2006

USA Child Friendly - NOT!

Starting off with Invisible Life's outsider POV of the American healthcare system, please note that in many instances, foreign nationals feel sorry for us when it comes to the abysmal lack of affordable health care in the United States.

Redneck Mother has some things to say about The Itty Bitty Titty Non Lactating Committee that thinks public breastfeeding is yucky. These are the people who view breastfeeding as right next to taking a public poop.

Mother then pointed me to a link over at
Echidne of the Snakes, informing us that in the developed world, we are only slightly above Latvia in child mortality rates:

Report Finds One Of Highest Infant Death Rates Among Developed Nations
CHICAGO, May 9, 2006

Among 33 industrialized nations examined in a new report, the United States tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies. Only Latvia had higher mortality figures, with 6 per 1,000, according to the report by the U.S.-based Save the Children.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger just me said...

I'm not sure how I feel about all of this (although I am not going with a good feeling) it's just too early and not enough coffee yet. Thanks fro the links, you always post teh most interesting blogs, I think 1/2 my favorites are filled up with links from you.

9:42 AM PDT  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Pathetic, isn't it? We are the most "powerful" nation on earth and we cannot keep our babies alive, feed and shelter our poor, disabled, mentally ill, provide adequate health care for all our children (and that's only the children, not mentioning the working poor). But we're gonna make damn sure we don't ever distribute condoms, with appropriate education, to our teens, the group probably most likely to participate in risky sexual behavior that could lead to unwanted pregnancy. Nope, you just keep your little legs closed there, Missy, and everything will be fine. It's all because of the girls and women! It's all our fault!

Sheesh, I hate the direction this country is moving in. Could you tell?

10:12 AM PDT  
Blogger Vanda said...

I sometimes complain about the NHS but at least we do have treatment for everyone, for anything. I'm the first to stand up and say my treatment and Johns over the last three years have been outstanding. Yes they bodge it up now and again, yes the waiting lists can be long, but on the whole it's great.

I do feel for anyone in the USA who aren't luckily enough, like I was to have a good job and great insurance.

From an outsider it is a sad state for the biggest superpower, richest contry in the world to be in.

12:38 PM PDT  
Blogger Sangroncito said...

The U.S. health care system is a pet peeve of mine. It is outrageous that the richest country in the world has over 44 million citizens without health insurance. It is time for a national health system. Employer-based health insurance is too expensive for employer and employee and more and more Americans are losing even that, thanks to the Walmartization of the U.S. workforce.

2:22 PM PDT  
Blogger just me said...

Not completed related but a bit related. I have been fighting with my insurance company for 4 months now b/c I keep getting turned down b/c I had cancer 5 years ago. Our healthcare system is such a joke. I am lucky enough that we afford to pay for orivate insurance for the girls but I know that it is only luck, if I had to depend on our goverment I can't imagine what it would be like.

3:24 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

(((((JustMe))))) It is unfortunate but true that in this country we are punished for becoming ill. With national health insurance, you couldn't be discriminated against. If you had to depend on the government today you might end up dead. I knew a young woman who died last year because medicaid made her wait months to receive treatment for breast cancer.

Cheryl, the healthcare system pisses me off on a daily basis.

You're right Vanda. Here, you have to count your blessings if you can afford decent insurance. And the HMO's are a nightmare.

The Walmartization of this country, Sangro, is only one of the symptoms of for profit medicine and the big business of insurance companies, both of which reap huge profits.

8:26 PM PDT  
Blogger Pat Kirby said...

We American's have become so brainwashed, equating national health systems with socialism, it's just asinine.

Nearly every other (all?) western countries, treat health care, like fire, police and the military (protection) as fundamental things to provide the citizenry.

What the heck is wrong with us (U.S.)?

2:32 PM PDT  

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