Ron Williams studied the US Health System in
writing his PhD in the USA. He realised just how dysfunctional the
system was. When he returned to Australia he examined the economic
situation, the trends and the policies of both major parties. He
concluded that unless the whole nation recognised the danger and
united to resist it then we would get the US system with all its
problems. He thought it unlikely that the danger would be recognised
in time. These quotes are from his book.
"--- a huge and depressing departure from the system as they (readers) now know it."
"I see little but doom and gloom"
" -----, compassion will give way at an increasing ratio to profit. Care for the patient will give way to care for the corporation --------"
"---- if it (this book) corners overseas corporate forces into putting genuine human compassion behind the deceptively human face that they (megacorps) will present then ------"
"----, whether Australians like it or not, and they certainly will not, the new century will see the Australian Health industry controlled by overseas megacorps, part of an international oligopoly, whose primary concern will be measured in terms of the profits derived from its exploitation of the local population and its indigenous labour force"
There is not much chance that this recognition will come in time, in the next few years. (page 191)
Suppose that some media group does put discussion of Americanisation into the nations living rooms. Or suppose that society itself picks up on the issue. (page 193)
The whole task is vast; it requires that a national plan be developed, ----- (page 199)
The might of the megacorps is formidable; they are practised in the use of politics, and power and wealth, in getting their own way. The only way that this nation can impose its will on any of them is to do so as a nation; ------ (Page 197)
---- will not pay over their capital unless they can run their businesses along the free enterprise lines that they think fit. (page 195)