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US Healthcare Sucks. Until You Need It.

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David Lazarus, an LA Times columnist, frequently writes about what’s wrong with our healthcare system. But he got an appreciation for what’s good about it recently when his wife had a seizure. The following is reproduced from his article.

“My wife had a seizure a couple of weeks ago after the sodium level in her blood dropped dangerously low. She’s now home after spending eight nights in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center….”

“First, it’s hard to imagine any other healthcare system in the world that can marshal as many resources as ours. From highly skilled doctors and nurses to every possible medical device and drug, our system is second to none in its capabilities. No wonder that when foreign leaders fall sick, they often seek treatment here and not at home.”

“Moreover, once you’ve gained access to the higher levels of the system — admittedly, no small feat — there’s seemingly no limit to efforts that will be made to heal you. Every possible test will be run. Every expert opinion will be sought.” Click here for entire article. U.S. health system has flaws, but not in quality of care.

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