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julho 18, 2004

De certeza que estamos mais seguros?

Ontem de manhã tive uma acalorada discussão com um amigo acerca do brilhante futuro que nos espera (defendia ele) com a destruição da segurança social, a privatização da saúde e da passagem do controle das infra-estruturas básicas para a nossa sobrevivência como pessoas e até como civilização para as mãos de companhias privadas imunes ao controle democrático dos cidadãos.
Quando pensava num post para o blog, deparei-me com o artigo "We are not imune" de Ronald J. Glasser publicado na Harper's deste mês.
Como a Harper's, uma excelente revista, infelizmente não disponibiliza os seus artigos on line, aqui fica a introdução do artigo :

"Death is inevitable, but not disease. The difference may be as simple as washing our hands or keeping the wastes of industrialized farming out of the water supply, but it is often much more complicated. Bacteria and viruses are no mean adversaries, nor are they easily defeated. If we fail to be watchful or to protect those most at risk, a public-health catastrophe is inevitable, and yet somewhere within the span of the last thirty years the idea of the common good has disappeared from our national consciousness, giving way to the misconception that we no longer need to concern ourselves with the welfare of our fellow citizens. It is a dangerous concept, and it leads us toward a future infected with unprecedented and unnecessary disease.
We have grown not so much complacent and narcotized, lulled into a sense of security by the almost daily pronouncements from corporate medicine and the pharmaceutical industry of better drugs and more .breakthrough. treatments.
The spectacular progress of twentieth- century medicine, most recently the sequencing of the human genome, sponsors the widespread fancy that disease might someday be conquered, that genetic manipulation or nanotechnology or some other science- fiction marvel might bring with it the cure for death. Long forgotten are the days when the loss of a child to diphtheria or whooping cough or yellow fever was a commonplace event, the days before widespread vaccination and government safety and health regulations ; we no longer remember life before publicly funded sewage .treatment plants and the passage of the clean . air and .water acts.
Public health is often invisible and unremarked when it works well; when it fails our neighbors sicken and die.
A public health system is only as strong as its weakest link ; an epidemic enforces, in the most rigorous fashion, the American credo that all men are created equal. If we allow one segment of our society to suffer and perish from preventable disease, little stands in the way of collective doom.
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Publicado por tchernignobyl às julho 18, 2004 04:33 PM

Comentários

Mas... quanto mais doença, mais negócio para a "indústria da saúde"... essa agora, combater por intermédio de medidas profiláticas o desenvolvimento natural dos agentes infeciosos ou as doenças degenerativas resultado da poluição ambiental... então querem sonegar às "empresas da saúde" lucros futuros?! Tribunal com esses "fundamentalistas" da saúde pública, há que pedir indemnizações por "perda de lucros futuros".... há cada ingénuo...

Publicado por: viana em julho 18, 2004 11:42 PM