Mixed Bag - Poem by Saiom Shriver
A doctor saved my life.
A brain surgeon saved my brother's life
A doctor killed my father when in an operation he injected alcohol into his brain.
A doctor killed my mother giving her a lethal medication which caused a stroke.
When doctors had a strike in Los Angeles, the death rate went down.
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and modern innovations.
Germany has free hospital care even for tourists. Many industrialized countries have better care than the US, although citizens of the US pay the highest charges in the world.
India has a free hospital in Bangalore to which American insurance companies have sent clients for heart surgeries, of which over 10,000 are performed annually. The hospital is staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses. Some every year take their vacation serving in the hospital.
Vincent DeVita: If any physician tells a cancer patient his condition is terminal, one should get a second opinion. The rates of cancer surviving are much higher now (paraphrased)
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