The Torturer's Horse: Caring for the Poor
JAMA. 1989 Mar 10; 261(10): 1481-1482.
Noncoverage of the costs of care for the uninsured poor and their resultant lack of access to health care affect every American through the spread of disease, risk of dangerous behavior by the untreated mentally ill, and the slowing of American productivity and competitiveness. Insured, middle-class Americans must recognize that the low-income uninsured are not someone else's problem, and that the "us and them" attitude underlying medical indigence will ultimately present an enormous cost that we all pay -- both in the last-minute care provided in costly hospital settings and in the effects of our cruelty toward the most fragile members of our society. (KIE abstract)