Paul Lachine

A clivagem do sistema de saúde nos EUA

BERKELEY – Em 1883, o governo imperial autoritário do príncipe Otto von Bismarck, que pronunciou a célebre frase: “as grandes questões do nosso tempo não se decidem com discursos e votos maioritários... mas sim com sangue e ferro”, estabeleceu o sistema nacional de seguro de saúde para a Alemanha.

A razão lógica para a criação do sistema nacional de seguro de saúde é actualmente tão clara como era para Bismarck há 130 anos. O sucesso de um país - quer seja medido pela glória do seu Kaiser, pela expansão do seu território, pela segurança das suas fronteiras, ou pelo bem-estar da sua população - depende da saúde do seu povo.

Qualquer pessoa pode ser vítima de uma doença grave e, em regra, as pessoas gravemente doentes, não ganham muito dinheiro. Quanto mais tempo as pessoas com doenças graves ficarem sem tratamento, mais cara se tornará a sua terapêutica e manutenção.

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