Tel-A-Vision for the 21st Century!
Tragically Preventable deaths due to
On September 11th, 2001, the loss of 3,000 American lives was seen as a tragedy of such magnitude that we went to war to be sure it didn’t happen again. However, every year Americans quietly accept a death toll from a broken health care system that is 73 times greater than the 9-11 disaster.
In the eight and half years since 9-11, almost 2 million Americans have died from toxic healthcare system syndrome -- a scientifically preventable condition marked by medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, under-treatment, over-treatment, mis-treatment, ineffective treatment and no treatment at all for 47 million uninsured Americans. This deadly combination consists of lack of access to care and overuse of expensive tests, drugs and surgery, depending on whether or not you have health insurance and whether the facility is paid per procedure – billable units -- for providing care. Even being insured does not assure that you will receive the life-saving care you need. The unlucky people are those with ‘pre-existing’ conditions or diagnosed with an expensive disease (or terminal illness) who get stricken from the roles of their insurance company and people living in rural areas and inner-cities without access to adequate medical services.
Fatalities in such big numbers make it easy to forget that we die one by one by one. Each death leaves behind grieving parents without a beloved child, a husband without his lifetime partner, a wife who is now a widow, children without a parent, sibling without a sister or brother. No matter why a person dies, each loss is a personal tragedy. But preventable death that is the result of a health care system that puts profits or professional prestigious ahead of the welfare of patients is a betrayed trust that makes the loss so much harder to bear and leaves bitterness in its wake.
This website is dedicated to1,870,000 men, women and children who died before their time and in memory of Baby Boy Lance Anderson and a long time friend, Donna Driscoll -- all silent victims of a health care system that is neither healthy nor caring.
Baby Boy Lance Anderson,
died at 9 months
Another one of those preventable fatalities was a highly-trained healthcare professional who practiced midwifery flawlessly for 30 years. However, the respect of her patients and colleagues could do nothing to help her when she was repeatedly turned down for health insurance because of a treatable but potentially expensive medical condition. Without access to the necessary medical care until it was too late, she died tragically and unnecessarily, one more statistic in the collateral damage of a health care system that is neither healthy nor caring.
Donna with a baby she delivered Donna & family on vacation
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