Nations all over the world spend money on unnecessary buildings, monuments, and useless items that barely contribute to anything that will help the care of poor people that cannot help themselves. These under developed nations are faced with many infections, viruses and malnutrition and hardly anyone is doing anything. In Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, Paul Farmer spent and dedicated most of his life being a doctor in poor and corrupt countries.
These people did not get the proper medical care they deserved because they were deprived of money and most of the hospitals in these poor countries only care about their wealth and not about the people but Paul Farmer used his own money to buy all types of medical supplies to help anyone that was in need. The main reason that most of these people are sick is because of malnutrition. These people in poor and corrupt countries are plagued with just not being healthy at all.
People in poor countries that cannot afford proper medical care should receive it because in the story Mountain Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder shows how people in underdeveloped nations needs all the help they can get because of how unhealthy they are. People in poor and developing nations deserve the healthcare they need because it is very easy to get sick and die in those types of environments. If someone does not have healthy a healthy immune system, they are prone to getting ill and catching diseases.
In a scholarly journal called Health Care in Developing Countries-Need for Finance, Education or Both, Varghese Thomas says “In many developing nations health care is provided jointly by the government and the private sector. Public health institutions are the only hope for the underprivileged people. Most of the developing nations are plagued by problems of under nutrition and host of infections” (Thomas). Thomas is trying to say that most of these corrupt nation’s hospitals are private and that the public hospitals barely have any supplies to take care of their patients.
For example, the government of India puts money into the construction of buildings but there are people who need medicine. Tracy Kidder says “The world is full of miserable places. One way of living comfortably is not to think about them or when you do to send money” (Kidder 4). Tracy Kidder is trying to say that there are places out there that have it ten times harder than anyone on this planet and when someone thinks about them they shouldn’t send them money because they feel bad.
People probably only send money after seeing an infomercial of a small African child that looks like he has not been fed for days. They probably only think about those people when those commercials come on, but other than that, these starving unhealthy kids most likely escape people’s minds. The Washington Post wrote an article named Inequality and Health Care. It stated that “Promoting Universal healthcare would be easier than having all the taxing and it would be more logical to have it so more people can get the help they need” (Washington Post).
This article brings up a great controversy because many countries have already converted to universal healthcare such as Canada. People in Canada are healthy because the way that universal healthcare works is that anyone can get the proper medical care that they deserve and they are all treated equally. If underdeveloped nations started to use Universal Healthcare, the death rate would be lower and less people would get sick.
Paul Farmer can be linked to this topic because he knows that some of these countries can hardly afford food, let alone medicine, but he takes his own time and money to try and get these people back into health. It doesn’t only depend on what country a person is in to get proper medical care but it also depends on the different types of inequalities that contribute to health and illness. A person doesn’t need to be poor to get good medical care, but it could also be because of their race or gender.
Thomas says that “The services of these hospitals are however not within the reach of the massive majority of Indians living in rural areas. The private sector is obviously interested only in curative medicine and these hospitals and clinics are necessarily run with profit motive except for a handful of institutions run by charitable institutions” (Thomas). Most hospitals in these under developed countries work for the money. If the patient does not have enough money to be treated, they would not take the patient in and most likely the patient would get seriously ill or die because they would not be treated.
If these profit motivated hospitals actually cared about these people, there wouldn’t be as many sick people in this world. In the book UNEQUAL Health, author Grace Budrys talks about how inequality contributes to health and illness. She says that “There are some interesting half-truths buried in all of this. The basic message, however is that medical care constitutes one of the big differences between those who are healthy and those who are not” (Budrys 107). Budrys is right to say that there are half-truths in medical care because not everything is true.
For example a hospital is supposed to help anyone that is in an emergency no matter if they have money or not because every citizen pays for them in taxes eventually. In poor and corrupt countries, if someone does not have any money at all, they would most likely deny them. Those people that got denied would have to go to a public hospital where they would receive unsanitary and less quality care which is unhealthy. Budrys also says “The uninsured are much more likely to go without medicines that are essential to maintaining their health and functioning that of the insured” (Budrys 118-119).
Budrys is explaining that the uninsured people probably got used to being unhealthy that they do not need the medicines that are necessary for surviving. The insured people are used to receiving medicines to prevent diseases from happening but the uninsured have lived with these diseases all their life and they have gotten so used to them that medicine would probably not affect them anymore. Paul Farmer gets tied into this topic because he knows that the people that he are treating cannot afford to go to a hospitals or get treatments because they either have no money or they are discriminated by their gender.
Unlike a hospital, Paul Farmer would travel through extreme conditions just to make sure any of his patients will get the proper medical care that they deserve. Instead of Underdeveloped countries spending their small amounts of money on little things, they should be focused on the health of their people. These countries try to build monuments, statues and buildings so tourist will come and see them. A country should not be worried about their popularity with the people but more of their health.
Thomas says “The government pumps in money to keep the system afloat but the services rendered to people are generally abysmally poor especially in rural settings” (Thomas). Thomas is saying that these underdeveloped nations have the government to pay for these public hospitals but it does not matter how much money the government puts into the hospital for the very few supplies that they have but it is all about the care that the people receive. A hospital is supposed to be all about the quality of care that a person gets.
A doctor just cannot just give a shot to a patient and tell them to leave. They have to diagnose them first and find out what is wrong and at these types of hospitals they do not care about anyone. Tracy Kidder says “In his mind, he was fighting all poverty all the time, an endeavor full of difficulties and inevitable failures. For him, the reward was inward clarity and the price perpetual anger or, at best, discomfort with the world…” (Kidder 210). Tracy Kidder is talking about how Paul Farmer’s main focus in his life was all about the people.
He put aside his family to take care of people that could not take care of themselves and considering that the healthcare provided by hospitals there are terrible, unless a person has money, Farmer did this both for the people and for himself because it made him feel good inside. Farmer believed in one biblical rule, “Do unto other as you would have them do unto you”. It is always good to have good karma and if Farmer had to be put in the shoes of a poor person, he would want someone to take personal care of him.
The Washington Post states “The United States spends almost twice the money for health care as do other rich countries but still has the lowest life expectancy” (Washington Post). Even though the United States is one of the most dominant countries, they have one of the worst medical care. Hospitals here do give great quality service but that does not mean that the people here are healthy. A country does not have to be poor or corrupt to have unhealthy people in it. The United States spends millions of dollars on construction and is in a serious debt.
Instead of spending money on mindless things, that money should be going into scientific research to cure new diseases. Paul Farmer gets tied down into the topic that countries spending their small amounts of money on little things instead of focusing on the people because Farmer spends his money wisely on hiring assistants to help him treat the thousands of patients that he has and he also spends his money on as much medication that he needs. Underdeveloped nations should consider putting their money into more important things such as health instead of unnecessary buildings and items that will not contribute to any of the people.
Even though that malnutrition is a big cause for people being unhealthy in many of these countries, they cannot do anything about it because the government funded hospitals barely have any medical supplies but people such as Paul Farmer are out there saving millions of lives everyday just to make sure that there is equality amongst everyone. Even though that people in poor countries cannot afford proper medical care, they should start receiving it considering how unhealthy they are. These people that need help are the true people in need.
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