While I’m not sure that I agree with her attempts to link the sad state of dialysis in the US to increased access (after all, Italy – which she uses as a model of dialysis care – provides universal coverage that far supersedes what we have here), Robin Fields has succeeded in making me scream out loud with her recent article in the Atlantic.
I just can’t choose a passage to quote here, so I won’t. Suffice it to say she shows how our crazy, patchwork health care system managed to screw everything up, all of it, quality, cost, and access. If it weren’t so painful a story in itself, it would be a wonderful parable for the whole mess we’re in.
Go read the whole thing. I wish there were more articles like this and less on DEATH PANELS. Maybe then we’d be having the right discussions.