The other morning, my husband read a story ( or gave the Coles Notes version) of a 26 year old guy who died just weeks after he was too old to be covered under his mother’s health insurance plan and he couldn’t afford his insulin.
Let me say, that I’m from Canada, so the whole “having to purchase private health insurance” is a little… well, foreign to me. I’ve been lucky that for most of my life I was under my parents insurance, and when I moved out on my own, most of the past 25 years I’ve had jobs that had extended medical. Yes, I’d have to pay, but $40ish to have prescriptions, dental, physio, massage, eye care, etc is a damn good deal!
The US health care is broken. Why does insulin in the US cost $1300 and yet, the same vial in Canada costs $30? Why does big-pharm increases costs by 1000’s of percent for various types of medications? How is that legal? So, maybe, it’s the judicial system that’s broken for allowing this to be okay – and further, the American Government.
This is beyond not okay! This is inhumane and barbaric. Caravans of people are trying to cross into Canada to be able to buy life-saving medication because they simply can’t afford it where they life. People’s lives are at stake so big Pharm can line their pockets. They are holding people’s lives as ransom – and no one is doing anything about it!!!
Healthcare should be a RIGHT, not a privilege! Medicine should be a right. Clean water should be a right. Food should be a right. A roof over your head should be a right. These are basic human needs and they are being kept away from people because of where they were born.
I wish I had an answer. I wish I knew how to fix this. There is SO MUCH WEALTH in the world, I don’t know why, as a global village, there is still so much poverty! Even in our own country (Canada not excluded). Children – ALL children – should have a roof over their head, clothes on their backs, clean water, and dental/medical care appropriate to their situation. Appropriate to their situation – if they’re diabetic, they get insulin – whatever disease/disorder they have, they deserve to get the treatment.
We are literally making ourselves (as a society) sick! We have an obesity epidemic on our hands; if people could maintain a healthy weight/lifestyle, they might not have to worry about heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and all the medication that comes with that. However, eating shitty food is often cheaper than eating healthy – not to mention more accessible. And even if they did have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, etc, would they have the means/ability to prepare a meal? They should have a mandatory nutrition program in schools for students getting ready to graduate; with the use of the school cafeteria, they have to prepare and serve meals to the younger students at no charge. EVERYONE in school deserves to have access to food.
I know there’s programs out there for children to participate in sports, but what about as they get older? Or as adults? Where is the support there? Why isn’t there a program out there to provide adults – even just running shoes? Walking is the easiest accessible that requires a minimum investment – and unlike children, adults don’t need to worry about growing out of shoes every 6 months like younger children! Why hasn’t some mega company started a “fresh start” initiative that provides shoes to under privileged adults? They’re given a pair of shoes and every 1-2 years, they return and exchange the old pair for a new pair.
It saddens me at how sick the world is. The environment is slowly dying around us as we overuse the land and spread like a cancer. We are parasites on the land and while we’re making our host sick, we ourselves are diseased. Whether it’s physical, mental, or physiological, only a small percentile of privileged people are immune to this plight most of us suffer from.
Even myself – I struggle; some days are easier than others. Some days I feel mentally great, and others I don’t. I have aches and pains but nothing debilitating. Some days my Soul is happy and hopeful… but other days I am sad at the state of the world. I wish we could all set aside our difference; set aside the bickering and pettiness to be able to work together for the good of humankind because when it comes right down to it, we are all the same. We have the same red blood running through our veins. We all have the same hopes and dreams – I don’t know who doesn’t hope for happiness and health! Unfortunately, the borders around our countries, though often invisible to the eye, are there in our minds.
SOMETHING has to be done. NOW. Before it’s too late. We have an opportunity to make things better… if we can only set aside our differences.
One way I believe that can be immensely helpful is water. We are 90% water and without water – clean water – we will die. In fact, nearly 30,000 children a DAY die from water related diseases. Thirty THOUSAND children! 30,000…… And 20% of babies in the developing world die due to lack of clean water and sanitary conditions.
So here is my commitment: 50% of the profit from the sale of certain pieces of my art will be donated to One Drop: a charity working towards providing clean water to some of the poorest countries. The artwork will include a drop of water (digitally added) for online identification – but please be patient as I go through and add these pieces to my website.
I may be one person, but I believe one person CAN make a difference! Because “one drop” can cause a ripple that can affect change.
Be the change you want to see in the world.