Wed, 22 October 2014
The Ebola panic in the United States has dramatically outgrown the Ebola virus itself. Were it not for the death of a man initially turned away from Presbyterian Health Hospital in Dallas, the panic would be a massive exercise in comedy. The hysteria would have been hysterical.
Still, there are legitimate concerns.
We need to re-examine our current system of private care. For-profit medical facilities can be expected, like any free enterprise institution, to be primarily motivated by profit. To weigh life and death risk against this year's bottom line may not be the best method for the next possible pandemic.
Now may not be the time. It is the campaign season, and Republicans do like to campaign on fear.
But there are signs the public is tiring of panic. The Texas Chainsaw Medi-scare may be approaching the closing credits.