Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Life at the Top

  • Life at the Top in America Isn't Just Better, Its Longer [NYT]

    The New York Times chronicles the differing paths of three heart attack victims... the takeaway? If you're rich, you have access to better healthcare.

    While I agree that is probably true, I think language plays a huge barrier to obtaining quality care also. Doctors are intimidating enough when they speak in English, what must it be like to try to get directions/answers in a foreign language?

    Having a strong support network seems pretty important as well. Maybe money helps improve support, since if you have a lot of it, you have access to conveniences that can save time and hassle -- being able to take a cab instead of taking 3 buses and then the train.

    But is life designed in such a way that equality for all is reality?