Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quotes of the Week

"In the past three decades, America's healthcare system has radically metamorphosed from a public service network (largely run by independent physicians and nonprofit hospitals) into a corporate profit machine--one that Dr. Arnold Relman, the renowned former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, calls the Medical-Industrial Complex. Drugmakers have been among the most ambitious, in-your-face pushers of this transmutation of medicine into just another commodity to be sold by hook or crook. In this system, the concept of "care" has been reduced to "caveat emptor," with the shareholders' interest in monetary gain overriding all other interests." 

(Entire piece by Jim Hightower here)

  "When you look at America, you have to concede that we have failed. Most Americans today are worse off than they were fifteen years ago. A full-time worker in the US is worse off today than he or she was 44 years ago. That is astounding – half a century of stagnation. The economic system is not delivering. It does not matter whether a few people at the top benefitted tremendously – when the majority of citizens are not better off, the economic system is not working."

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, on the fallacy of austerity dogma.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I'm sure you read the linked article about Big Pharma's most heavily recruited occupational sub-group that's now hawking these big-priced and under-researched drugs to America's still overwhelmingly male medical doctors.

Gee, I could have quit my major and hung out with Ashley, Brittany and Buffy, instead.

9:15 AM  

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