January 5, 2022: We Must Preserve Democracy in Health Policy
Posted on January 05, 2022 at 12:00 AM
Full Democracy in health policy means each life is of equal value and that all health care decisions are made based solely on science and are totally confidential between the patient and his/her physician (or other nationally certified and locally licensed health care provider). No governmental or political or religious entities may interfere in health care decisions in any areas of pregnancy, sexuality, religious belief, race, economic standing, or legal status.
Democracy in health care also mandates that all health care resources are allocated on the basis of severity and number of people afflicted by an illness, rather than any financial circumstances or “perceived social value” of the patient or his/her family.
Democracy is based on the basic equality of every person to be treated based on their universal humanity.
— Karen Pataky, Chair, Health Policy Task Force
Director, Public Policy Committee