Letters to the Editor

Profits, not care

I read in The Bee that all we need to do to reform our medical system is to cover everybody with medical insurance. Not true!

The problem is that insurance premiums and co-payments keep increasing. What happens if the insured can't pay these increasing insurance costs? I can't. So, with Medicare and the Kaiser supplement for seniors, I must simply not see my doctor ($25 now -- it was $10), not take prescribed medications (cost increase under Bush plan more than 100%), not get tests (was $0; now $15). Premiums are up about $200 a month.

We are told that America has the best medical system in the world. Compared to other nations, our life expectancy, childbirth and infancy deaths do not support this claim. We excel in profits made in the medical care business, period!

Lawrence M. Fischbach

Fresno

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