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Why do American doctors have to travel to Mexico to fix cleft palates in children when Mexico has un

Author : Concerned

Submitted : 2018-02-25 13:33:20    Popularity:     

Tags: Mexico  fix  travel  American  doctors  

I saw a story on TV about American surgeons traveling to Mexico to fix cleft palates in children. This struct me as odd that universal healthcare in Mexico didn't cover this essential surgery. I'm now terrified of universal healthcare coming t

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Many countries with universal health care have a health care system that is out of date by 100 years.

Many years ago I was stationed in Libya. It was so long ago that King Idris was still in power and the US had an Air Force Base there. They had universal health care, which was a joke. There was one hospital in Tripoli, and they had no doctors, the Hospital was ran by some Nuns from Italy and it was only a Hospice, a place to go to die. The entire country had no doctors. (Except the ones on the Air Force Base.) Ironically, when Moamar Khadafi took power, he was able to do so because King Idris was out of the country. He had gone to Turkey to get medical treatment.

This was the true face of universal health care.

There is one further bit of irony, I was a USAF Medic. We had a modern hospital on the military base, but the locals were not allowed to go there for treatment.

Those humanitarian efforts have nothing to do with Mexico's health care system. They don't have the facilities or personnel to handle such surgeries AND it's considered a cosmetic procedure-- not necessary for the patient's survival. By offering their services for free, surgeons are bypassing years of bureaucratic red tape & lack of funding to treat cleft palate kids while they're young. Warping that situation into an argument against universal health coverage is a pretzel logic of the worst kind.

because the need is more than the available trained.. because those docs are decent human beings

Interesting

We proponents know that universal health care will stymie profit-driven competition.

We think that government regulation (all of us) is better than Insurance and pharmaceutical companies deciding how, where, what and when medical care is given.

Yes, innovation is driven by the free market, but not all.

Europe is far from bereft of medical breakthroughs.

Mexico is not a 'first world' country.

Do you think Canada, France, Sweden, Norway and Britain are like Mexico?

that story was probably on the CBN channel; they provide Dr's to Countries that need them + I have seen many similar stories, and it's usually stated that the Dr's in 3rd world Countries don't know how to repair things like cleft palates

Many countries have universal healthcare. None of them come close to providing the level of care we have available in the USA. Universal healthcare is a compromise...free, but not the best. Proponents of universal healthcare lack a fundamental understanding of economics and free markets.

If you want surgery in Mexico, go for it. As for what the Mexican government can do...they are much like us (only a little bit more corrupt). They cannot impose their will on doctors. Mexico is not a socialist state.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_government_of_Mexico



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