I mentioned in a post about Scott Green, who has helped with this blog and with the local Cascadia chapter a great deal, that he had a friend who died this month from diabetes.
You should know that at the 6 August meeting of the Eastside Democratic Club I heard David Young, a retired operating room nurse, talk about the amputations he had done, in his decades of work at Emmanuel and OHSU hospitals: very frequently the amputees were diabetics who had waited too long to see a doctor about the loss of circulation they suffered in their extremities. They waited too long because they were uninsured.
In fact, David told the Club, the United States has three times the rate of amputations on untreated diabetic patients as the countries of Europe.
That’s one of the little-known consequences of our country’s refusal to recognize health care as a human right.