Time for medicare for all in the usa also the million-dollar heart transplant is loaded with markup where you can likely go out side of the usa and pay way less for it.
also due to court rulings in favor of inmate care you can just go to prison / jail to get one as well.
Boy, is that ever the exception that proves the rule. In order to get a heart transplant somebody had to sue the California prison system for him.
If they didn't want to pay for it, they could have released him on parole. He was sentenced for burglary and robbery. A patient with heart failure isn't going to be able to commit any more burglaries and robberies. He'll be lucky if he can walk around the block.
Despite this unusual example, prisoners have some of the worst health care in the country.
I read a series of articles on prison health care by Andrew Skolnick in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 http://www.aaskolnick.com/new/... and I've seen dozens of articles since then to show that it hasn't gotten any better (it couldn't get worse).
They were leaving diabetic patients to die in their cells without insulin. Dozens of patients died because doctors and nurses simply ignored them and didn't give them their regular medication.
Sue, you say? It's almost impossible for a prisoner or his estate to sue the prison or the private contractor in most prisons, Correctional Medical Services.
There was a provision in a lot of states by which a doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing patients or dealing drugs would get his license reinstated but limited only to treating prisoners, so many of the prison doctors had worse convictions than their patients.
Don't forget, a lot of these prisoners were in because of the war on drugs.
Journalists know that if you want to do a sensational investigative story, write about prison health care. The New York Times did a series a while back:
As Health Care in Jails Goes Private, 10 Days Can Be a Death Sentence
By PAUL von ZIELBAUER
Published: February 27, 2005
Brian Tetrault was 44 when he was led into a dim county jail cell in upstate New York in 2001, charged with taking some skis and other items from his ex-wife's home. A former nuclear scientist who had struggled with Parkinson's disease, he began to die almost immediately, and state investigators would later discover why: The jail's medical director had cut off all but a few of the 32 pills he needed each day to quell his tremors.
Candy Brown died in September 2000, investigators say, when her withdrawal from heroin went untreated in this Rochester jail cell, shown in a recent photo.
Aja Venny with a photo of her son, Scott Mayo Jr., and the urn holding his ashes. She lives in a Bronx apartment with her husband, Scott Mayo, and their daughter, Skye, who is at her mother's knee.
The New York Times's yearlong examination of Prison Health Services, the biggest commercial provider of medical care to inmates, found instances of disturbing deaths and other troubling treatment.
DAY 1: Dying Behind Bars
DAY 2: Lost Files, Lost Lives
DAY 3: Mistreating Tiffany