Posts in: healthcare

Clinic defenders take on the ultra-right

October 2018

Critical lessons learned: Build a united, multi-pronged response to fascist rallies. Don’t talk to the FBI. Stand up to police abuse.

My Health Record – Quality healthcare requires a political overhaul, not an IT portal

September 2018

Just imagine a public healthcare system that is patient-centred, well-coordinated, run by healthcare workers and free. Our integrated medical records would be easily accessible to our treaters at the tap of a keyboard via a secure platform. Having an accurate digital record would aid diagnosis and treatment.  Instead, we have an underfunded, profit-driven and fragmented… Read more »

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 »