The U.S. health care system is ill-equipped when it comes to a pandemic and citizens will be the ones to suffer.
As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile.
“How wonderful is this. A beautiful silver lining.”
This comes as the Spanish government announced it is nationalizing hospitals and private healthcare companies to better manage the pandemic.
“Having a healthcare system that's a public strategic asset rather than a business run for profit allows for a degree of coordination and optimal use of resources.”
The cost of healthcare doesn’t just protect the patient, but potentially it protects all of us from the spread of disease. Paying that cost should be a matter of social importance.
Robert Pollin, distinguished university professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says the lack of universal healthcare in the U.S. is exacerbating the coronavirus crisis due to “the absurdity that people cannot feel confident that they are going to get medical treatment” when they need it most.