Through my best friend's work at the cancer society's national call center, I've become painfully aware that people in this wealthy country are dying every hour of every day just because they cannot pay for lifesaving treatment.I believe this to be the very lowest of evils, a despicable moral crime against humanity.
So with my ten million, I would establish an investment-funded agency to assist anyone in a life-and-death crisis who is either uninsured and unable to pay, or a victim of insurance-company malfeasance.
We would provide the following for such patients:
1. Treatment. Immediately.
We would focus on saving the patient's life
and work out the details later.
2. Legal assistance
in requiring insurance companies to operate honorably. When they don't, we would pursue punitive damages of such magnitude that the insurance industry would soon come to consider it more profitable to live up
to their responsibilities than to systematically dodge them.
3. General assistance
throughout the healing process as needed, possibly including a skilled aide during treatment and convalescence, transportation to medical appointments, in-home medical equipment and supplies, in-home nursing care, mentor counseling, and household help like shopping, banking, cooking, and laundry.
I've thought about this concept for a long time. To be effective, it would have to be extremely well-funded, well-staffed, and light on its feet.
Ten million would barely get it started -- but I hope it wouldn't have to exist for very long. I hope that, by demonstrating a more humane attitude toward medical care, my agency would help move this country to a universal healthcare system within a decade.
And all my employees would have this on their bumperstickers and lapel pins:HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT.
Are there any billionaires on the site who would like to invest in this concept?