Monday, January 15, 2007

From one doctor to another...

Just got back from Memphis - visited the National Civil Rights Museum (previously the Lorraine Motel) where Dr Martin Luther King was shot and killed. An amazing place to visit - check it out some time.

Here is a link to King's letter from a Birmingham jail - a call to action for those keeping silent. We, as Emergency Medicine physicians, should not remain silent in the struggle to provide health insurance for all Americans. Almost 47 million Americans, including more than 8 million children, are currently uninsured.

Paul Krugman of the NY Times Jan 1, 2007

Americans spend more on health care per person than anyone else -- almost twice as much as the French, whose medical care is among the best in the world. Yet we have the highest infant mortality and close to the lowest life expectancy of any wealthy nation. How do we do it? (login to Times Select to read on)

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