Monday, June 22, 2009

Dad, the do-gooder

Here's dad in a PSA about the SW Washington Free Clinic. With the issue of more and more folks not having health care because they can't afford it or don't have jobs that provide it, clinics like these are getting slammed. I am so grateful that there are places like these to help bridge the gap while our government is finally taking this issue head on. Dad volunteers here and this PSA was made as a recruitment tool to attract other healthcare providers. (Dad comes in at 3:25)



I think Shannon told me that 60% of bankruptcies are due to health care costs. It makes no sense to me to be the country with the best health care available that only a fraction of the citizens can access. I think health care needs to be looked at more in terms of a service and less as a business. I'm beginning to think that capitalism isn't all that sustainable especially when it comes to basics like this. The other thing I don't understand is why "socialized medicine" is such a scary prospect. I lived over in England for a year and have English friends. They like their health care system very much thank you. Why are our politicians so afraid of it?

3 comments:

Sean said...

"Unless you're a Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, you're one illness away from financial ruin in this country,"

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/05/bankruptcy.medical.bills/index.html

A lot of good comes from capitalism, but the government still has a role to play.

Good for Gene!

Free Clinic said...

Dr. Sakai is one of our leading volunteers and donates significant hours on behalf of the Free Clinic and our patients. He not only provides his professional skills as a dentist, but also recruits other dentists to volunteer with him, and serves on our dental advisory committee. We are so grateful to him, not only for his generous donations of time and the care he provides, but also for his generosity of spirit. He is a shining example of service to one's community.

Leis, Volunteer Manager
& Free Clinic staff
http://www.freeclinics.org

maureen said...

Good for Gene I thinks thats a wonderful way to help the large amt. of people in need at this time in this country SueLuttrell