by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Saturday Oct 17th, 2009
Harold Hapin is having a memorial in Monday as he died of a diabetic coma. Medi-Cal will no longer pay for these benefits and services for most adults although, there are some exceptions. It was said that he was worried that he couldn't get the pills for his illnesses.
The pharmaceutical companies are some of the biggest, wealthiest corporations in the world, and they're generally driven by profit rather than philanthropy. Doctors and nurses may be moved by compassion and their oath to help the sick and diseased, but they're often constrained as to how far they can go because of the price of medicine and supplies.
As a result, there's a lot of unnecessary suffering and death, and a general focus on medical cures rather than preventive health care in the first place—informing people how to eat the right food, get the right exercise and get enough sleep, avoid abusing their bodies and all that sort of thing. And naturally, that same focus on medical money-making leads to this sort of situation, because it's profitable, while ignoring relatively low-cost treatments that do work but don't make money!
Ted Rudow III,MA