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Health care help

Recent letters have identified an increasing loss of physicians locally. My sense is that the writers’ deal with this issue somewhat like our medical practitioners – too often faced with having to treat symptoms rather than underlying causes.

Our health care structure in California is slowing collapsing, as it is elsewhere. This is due in a large part to the dysfunction of the private for-profit insurance element in its foundation.

Analyzing the range of health care systems available, both the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and the General Accounting Office have confirmed that a single payer system, as used in Canada and other industrialized nations, results in huge health care savings by cutting much of the administrative cost that we deal with here. These savings then can become available for universal care, illness prevention and more equitable distribution to our providers.

SB 840, presently in the State Assembly, can bring such a system to California. A link to the bill’s text can be found at The current grassroots campaign for genuine reform,, will culminate August 19, 2007 with 200,000 health reform advocates rallying in Sacramento.

Carol Fuller

Nevada City

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