The punishing nature of American health care

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Thursday is often deadline day for submitting my cartoon, however with Thanksgiving this week, the deadline was moved up a day or two. That at all times presents a problem to choose a subject that I’ve some confidence will stay related.

For years now (a long time, truly), I’ve drawn cartoons about the USA being the one developed nation on this planet the place medical debt is the first trigger of non-public chapter. So once I got here throughout the story about Singapore threatening punishment for these refusing the COVID-19 vaccine with medial debt, I assumed, “Excellent — this can be a subject I do know is not going to alter any time quickly.”

And it appeared particularly on-point with so many Michigan hospitals now at full capability with unvaccinated sufferers. Sure, there may be boatloads of federal cash that supposedly will cowl all COVID-related prices, however it will not. You already know it, I do know it. And if it did cowl preliminary remedy prices, there are going to be so, so many with further prices from the lingering results. No method that is gonna be coated. That is simply how tousled and needlessly costly our well being care system is.

In order for you a very good abstract, you’ll be able to try the Medical Debt article in Wikipedia. I do know, it is Wikipedia, however you’ll be able to comply with the various respected citations from the Pew Analysis Middle, Kaiser Household Basis, and others if you wish to get to the small print.

John Auchter is a contract political cartoonist. His views are his personal and don’t essentially mirror these of Michigan Radio, its administration, or its license holder, the College of Michigan.

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