Posts in: healthcare

Right to choose: In Victoria, lesbians and all women win historic rights. Now we must defend them.

Summer/Autumn 2009

2008 ended with a stunning double victory for reproductive justice in Victoria: the decriminalisation of abortion and access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for lesbians and single women. Both took years of unflinching organising. Up against the terrible twins of “pro-family” reaction — misogyny and homophobia — the pro-choice forces won out. Bravo! Most people… Read more »

Fake reform from the healthcare industry and Congress

Summer/Autumn 2010

Per person, healthcare costs in the United States are the highest of any country in the world; U.S. spending is twice that of countries such as France and Germany. What does all that money buy? Not much! The U.S. ranks only 42nd for life expectancy among highly developed countries and 29th for infant survival. So… 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 »