Healthcare Reform: If Not Now, When?
Becoming a Physician series, March 8, 2006
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Event description by Joshua Hornstein
Healthcare in America is a mess. There is tremendous social inequality between the "haves" and "have-nots" which is translated into tremendous differences in health status and longevity. Anyone who has come close to a public hospital in America realizes that the medical safety net is broken and in dire need of repair.
Furthermore, more than 48 million Americans lack health insurance, and this number is growing every year. The United States is the only industrialized democracy in the world that does not offer universal healthcare to its citizens, and our healthcare system is the subject of much criticism as a result.