Paul Lachine

La divisoria de los Estados Unidos en materia de atención de salud

BERKELEY – En 1883, el autoritario gobierno imperial del príncipe Otto von Bismark, a quien se debe esta famosa declaración: “Las grandes cuestiones de nuestro tiempo no se decidirán con discursos y votaciones mayoritarias (...) sino con sangre y hierro”, creó el seguro nacional de salud para Alemania.

La razón para la existencia de un seguro nacional de salud está tan clara ahora como lo estaba para Bismark hace 130 años. El éxito de un país –ya se calibre con la gloria de sus káiseres, la ampliación de su territorio, la seguridad de sus fronteras o el bienestar de su población– estriba en la salud de sus ciudadanos.

Las enfermedades graves pueden afectar a cualquiera y las personas gravemente enfermas, por lo general, no ganan mucho dinero. Cuanto más se tarde en tratar a las personas gravemente enfermas, más costosos llegarán a ser su tratamiento y su mantenimiento posteriores.

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