Comments on: Tackling healthcare for the very poor http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2012/01/27/tackling-healthcare-for-the-very-poor/ World Economic Forum Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:35:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: myownexperience http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2012/01/27/tackling-healthcare-for-the-very-poor/#comment-17600 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 16:58:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/?p=1521#comment-17600 Pharmas are not compassionate, they are bottom line.

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By: Gordon2352 http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2012/01/27/tackling-healthcare-for-the-very-poor/#comment-17598 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 16:00:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/?p=1521#comment-17598 This article reads more like an advertisement for the healthcare industry than anything else, and has no merit whatsoever in terms of presenting a viable solution to healthcare problems.

PseudoTurtle
CPA/MBA

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/2012/01/27/tackling-healthcare-for-the-very-poor/#comment-17596 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 05:55:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/davos/?p=1521#comment-17596 I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when you talk of a “global economic recovery”, “new business models” and “emerging markets” in health care even as you state that “nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day. They remind me of the person who “cannot see the forest for the trees”.

First off, words matter. The “developing world” in many cases is a misnomer. In many locales it is NOT “developing” and likely will not. In much of the middle east, Africa, India, Pakistan, etc. over half of the population is under 30 and actively fertile. How will these people do in just a few years when challenged to live on $1 per day?

With huge populations already largely uneducated, unemployed, and unemployable without even a place with suitable soil and water to grow food, each new mouth is NOT a resource but additional drain on already inadequate resources. Those existing 835 million people across rural India alone in nine months could add 200 million more empty mouths and brains that must somehow exist from the same area of land, the same amount of water, and will compete for the same few “jobs”. That isn’t a “developing” situation but an increasingly imploding one.

You propose improving the existing survival rate of the inhabitants of such areas. The inevitable result will be even more and more people reproducing whose children will have even less hope of a long, productive or enjoyable life; virtually doomed from birth to be forever dependent on alms from a sympathetic and misguided world.

If the word “developing” is ever to be appropriate, those “trained locals” need to understand and educate their villages about the effect of too many people for too few resources. Talking directly to the villagers about family planning and conducting community health clinics explaining pregnancy prevention in the context of local customs could be tailored to meet diverse local needs.

Uneducated people frequently do not yet comprehend that in today’s world each new child is an economic debit and NOT an economic credit! They need to understand that for a given amount per day to live on, fewer mouths means a better life. Get THAT message across and you will make a far bigger “difference”.

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