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Just What the Doctor Ordered 

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To the editors:

[Re: "Doctors for National Health," August 24]

I am a retired paramedic and I used to work at DOCTORS' HOSPITAL in my "hometown," Coral Gables, Florida. The doctors and nurses and us paramedics used to talk about the AMA using their power and influence and clout to convince and persuade the senators, especially the very wealthy Senator Teddy Kennedy from Massachusetts, to emphasize in the filibusters the very important decision to be made about implementing the innovative concept of "SOCIALIZED MEDICINE." The implementation would replace the defunct HMOs, which are overloaded because of the overwhelming "paperwork."

The United States really does need a National Health policy for its citizens. The insurance companies are making so much money from their clients who have to pay their premiums. Medicare and Medicaid are inadvertently now for senior citizens who live on fixed incomes from their pensions and for the indigent poor people who can't realistically afford the financial burden of being hospitalized. Even the CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield would tell us that.

Not only that, a lot of people who don't feel well can't work in collaboration with their doctors who are trying their best to help their patients find the appropriate pills to help them relax and feel good.

Hopefully, someday the concerned citizens who care about the future of this country will do something about it before it's too late.

Thank you very much. Keep publishing.

Robert S. Denchfield

Hotel Cedar

N. State

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