Prediction comes true
I read with interest the article by Nigel Hawkes and in the same
issue of the journal the news item “The difference a Day makes”.
Unfortunately, I was right in my prediction when I first saw the attempted
invasion of England by a Kaiser type health care system to replace the
My unfortunate but prophetic words in your journal in 2002 “with the
globalization of the healthcare providers (pharmaceutical companies,
insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, etc.), acting
through the auspices of the powerful world trade organization, Europe and
Canada run the very real risk of acquiring our (the U.S.A.) very inhumane,
wasteful and diseased healthcare system”.
As to how badly your health care system is doing your newspapers and
ours all depict the shortcomings of a single payer system. This not only
highlights the problems with your system so that your citizens dwell on
it, and want to replace it, but it discourages American citizens from
considering a just and workable replacement to our healthcare system.
Unfortunately, everyone believes the news media but what they forget is an
old saying “Freedom of the press is restricted only to those who own one”.
Need I say more?
David S. David, MD FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine,
UCLA School of Medicine
1.Hawkes N. Who is Kicking Who? BMJ 2006; 333:645-48 (23 September)
2.David DS. Working Knowledge would have been needed for comparison. BMJ
2002; 324:1332 (1 June)
Competing interests: No competing interests