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Antidote to Growing Inequality = Universal Healthcare: World Health Organization Head


Antidote to Growing Inequality = Universal Healthcare: World Health Organization Head

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Providing universal health coverage is a key way to address increasing global inequality, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the comment—which echoes previous comments she's made—during a keynote address on the first of a two-day conference on universal health coverage taking place in Singapore.


Which item is least likely to appear in the U.S. media?

A. Cat on an inner-tube
B. Robbery of a convenience store
C. Head of WHO speaking about inequality and universal health care
D. Outbreak of head lice
E. Any conservative talking about anything


The right screams at the prospect of letting government serve as a provider of health care with hyperbolic fear mongering over the gatekeeping of services (death panels, anyone). All the while, they squeal with delight while their vested corporate insurers serve to maximize profit, health be damned, if necessary.

Let’s add nutritious food and safe/dignified shelter to the mix. Humankind’s resources are most efficiently spent on the front end of health and environmental issues. We are quickly running out of time to continue to play hyper-capitalism’s tune. So many resources are bled off to planned obsolescence and middle men/women that add no value to humanity whatsoever. There is no more frontier to plunder. We have saturated the globe and reside in our wastes. The leadership must come from below, where the stench is strongest and the awareness is greatest. Good luck to us all!


Affordable universal medical services are one of the human rights goals we must never abandon, and articles like this are helpful and necessary.

A quick riff on the manipulation of language in our corporate world: Just as a house for sale in real estate is not a ‘home’ since no-one lives there, so medical services are not necessarily ‘health care’ because we are responsible for our own health and because ‘medical care’ better describes what’s on offer in the U.S.: During “Physician office visits - Percent of visits involving drug therapy: 75.1%” [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drug-use-therapeutic.htm]

(I am not permitted, I think, to insert a link because I am not yet a Trusted User or whatever, having been here only about seven years, and (re)joined now three times…)


So much of what people seek health care for is a public health issue that it would be in everyone’s enlightened self-interest to favor affordable health care for everyone. Certainly infectious diseases are a public health issue.