Posts in: healthcare

Hands off the PBS! Free Trade Agreements threaten affordable medication in Australia

January 2017

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) provides low-cost medication, making it a keystone of equitable, affordable healthcare for all. The federal government subsidises prescriptions so that the upfront cost for patients does not put medication out of reach. The scheme includes an annual cap on out-of-pocket expenses to protect those with chronic illnesses. I see the… Read more »

Letters to the Editor – October 2017

October 2017

POLITICAL PRISONER Punished with solitary Jaan K. Laaman, long-time anti-imperialist political prisoner, is still locked down in segregation (minimum of 23 hours per day in a 6’×9′ cell). Jaan has been in “segregation” for months simply for issuing two statements, a clear violation of free speech and human rights. He is being threatened with transfer… Read more »

Letters to the editor

August 2017

Readers respond to articles on … fracking and earthquakes; the U.S. dollar; and healthcare. Also: notes on a farewell event for Rasmea Odeh, and a call to release human rights activists in Turkey. Plus: Freedom Socialist fund drive success.

Freedom Socialist opinion: Curing Parkinson’s will take more than hope

December 2016

I first learned I had Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2007. It is a disorder that kills off brain cells that make dopamine — a substance the body needs to control movement, speaking, swallowing and a multitude of other functions. PD afflicts over 1 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. At present, there… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — February 2017

February 2017

ELECTION ANALYSIS Succinct and accurate As usual the Freedom Socialist hits the nail on the head with Andrea Bauer’s lead article in the December issue [Don’t mourn, organize! Donald J. Trump and the year of voting dangerously, Vol. 37, No. 6]. What makes her analysis so useful is not only is it right — no… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — April 2017

April 2017

HERE WE ARE Analysis accessible “Where we are and how we got here” [Vol. 38, No. 1] is concise and accessible and it offers an analysis of the last hundred years that you could expect from scholars studying, with the clarity of distant hindsight and dispassion, the events of half a millennium ago. Mainstream analysts,… Read more »