Jerry Fulks of West Georgia Health wrote a letter in the Oct. 27 edition urging voters to approve a constitutional amendment to benefit trauma-care facilities in Georgia.
I stand behind our health-care professionals. One of the candidates for governor said out of 20 children or people, some of them will die. Mr. Fulks, go for it because time is of the essence in a trauma patient’s life. Work toward preventing death.
Our doctors – from medical to psychiatry – charge the way they do because of malpractice suits. You wouldn’t believe the amount of insurance these people pay for malpractice insurance. I know one who pays almost $1 million a yer for insurance alone.
Every time a doctor is taken to court and sued for malpractice, the amount of money won is way too much. This is what started the whole mess. Every time a drug manufacturing company is sued for a bad product or medicine, the amount won is far too much. That is another reason Americans pay so much for medicine. I pay $495 a month for my 30 pills.
Every time a lawsuit is won, they raise prices on their office visits and prescription medications. It comes out of everybody’s pockets.
Tobacco industries are the same. Every time there’s talk of raising prices of tobacco, everything else goes up too - from the price of corn flakes to a bottle of generic Tylenol.
Convenience store owners make almost 50 percent of their income on tobacco sales. They raise prices on everything they have or they go out of business. When they do, what other work will they find? Where will you buy your gas?
Someone told me years ago about a women who worked down the street died because she could not afford the medication she needed.
America, our economy is in trouble. The majority of our population earns about $13,000 to $20,000 a year. The rent that people charge for a house, I cannot afford. And yet they keep building subdivisions which range from $100,00 and up. They are beautiful homes, but so few people can afford them.
You have state-of-the-art products, but who can afford them? Old bachelors like me can’t afford them. They are really nice products, but budget? No, that’s why so many people are in debt today. So fix houses and everything to fit people in the $20,000 range and lower, because there are more of those people than in the $100,000 range.
I think this way you would be more guaranteed a steady and more stable income because it would be more affordable, and those people are more likely to hold onto it and not go bankrupt. It prevents unemployment and companies going out of business and going overseas.
I’m not trying to be mean, nasty and ugly, but to point out a few things we can do to lower costs and turn our economy around.
Troup Street, LaGrange