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To the Editor:

Re “How Do We Take care of the Scandal That Is American Wellbeing Care?,” by Nicholas Kristof, with pictures by September Dawn Bottoms (column, Aug. 20):

Nicholas Kristof scratches the surface of the failures of the health care technique in this place. I have been in follow for 28 a long time as a cardiologist and internist and have witnessed firsthand the miraculous breakthroughs in cardiac care as well as the appalling degree of treatment standard in treatment method of long-term health conditions, specifically among minority populations.

Most treatment in this nation is delivered by substantial for-income and nonprofit entities (which function largely as for-gain entities but stay clear of taxes). These programs are incentivized to devote in superior-conclude tertiary treatment, typically cardiac, orthopedic, neurosurgical and oncologic treatment, as they have the greatest reimbursement.

Continual care for disorders this kind of as weight problems, diabetic issues and substantial blood force are not hot spots of drugs and for the most section give lower compensation from Medicare, Medicaid and professional payers.

Our health and fitness care procedure demands to incentivize major care and pressure nonprofit entities to allocate much larger portions of their budgets to major treatment or shed their nonprofit status.

Daniel Zanger

To the Editor:

Nicholas Kristof has penned a cogent and damning column. One piece of the health care disaster we ought to also address is health practitioner instruction and remuneration.

New medical professionals have delayed earning potential in buy to attend health-related university and have endured at the very least 3 several years of paltry pay out and exceptionally demanding schedules as healthcare interns and citizens. By the time they are capable to observe medication just after at the very least seven several years of submit-school teaching, they are unlikely to established up observe in rural locations with the least expensive pay, fewest colleagues for aid, experienced isolation and limited connect with protection. They are also considerably less probably to practice in pediatrics or household medication than in a clinical specialty.

Certainly, no a single can blame them for seeking to function in a area conducive to easily repaying university student loans as well as paying for malpractice coverage.

Vivid, hardworking young people today can find myriad other fields of work and skip the worry that is modern day U.S. medicine.

If we are serious about improving upon health and fitness outcomes and lessening toddler mortality, depression and skyrocketing rates of diabetic issues and other sicknesses, then we need to entirely revamp health practitioner instruction.

Nurses, medical doctors and medical center staff are heroes. Let us address them as these types of. Pay out for their instruction, and incentivize operate in underserved and significant-threat locales.

Susan Balogh

To the Editor:

Only past month the Office of Well being and Human Products and services discovered that some of the country’s greatest for-revenue insurance plan companies, which with each other deal with Medicaid courses that include the the greater part of the 87 million individuals on Medicaid, denied far more than a single of each four requests for health practitioner-ordered treatment plans or prescription drugs for patients enrolled in their Medicaid designs.

Medicaid serves quite a few who reside with the cons that often guide to larger charges of diabetes and other continual ailments for which timely and constant treatment is necessary to much better outcomes. Furnishing the solutions that doctors prescribe for these patients would go a extended way to repairing the scandal described by Mr. Kristof.

Ted Herman
Providence, R.I.
The writer is a former health insurance plan executive.

To the Editor:

Re “This Indictment Does Something Ingenious,” by Norman Eisen and Amy Lee Copeland (Impression visitor essay, Aug. 16): The Ga indictment might be ingenious, but the reality stays that Donald Trump received Georgia in 2016 and missed by a whisker winning again in 2020. So there is an too much to handle chance that some of his base of supporters will be on his jury and will not vote for his conviction no matter the energy of the evidence.

Harold J. Smith
White Plains, N.Y.

To the Editor:

There are numerous respectable factors to take into account in deciding when any criminal trial may possibly start, but one issue not to acquire into account is the defendant’s position. At the second, Donald Trump is searching for a work (president) and in essence interviewing to get the career (campaigning).

So let us hope that the 1 component that none of the judges take into consideration in setting Mr. Trump’s trial date is his “interviewing schedule.”

The judges may well contemplate that at minimum some of Mr. Trump’s possible “employers” could want to know before employing him regardless of whether or not he is a felon and established to expend numerous several years in jail.

Eugene D. Cohen

To the Editor:

Re “Why Barbie and Ken Require Each individual Other,” by Ross Douthat (column,, Aug. 9):

As a younger girl, I agree with Mr. Douthat that “Barbie” incorporates some actual, not-talked-about ambivalence regarding what feminine empowerment definitely implies.

On the other hand, the main failing of “Barbie” is not, as he suggests, its failure to unite Barbie and Ken romantically, but a failure to think about a entire world in which persons of all genders can properly guide collectively. Mr. Douthat’s insinuation that romance and copy have to be the basis of any variety of effective union involving gentlemen and girls is archaic and troubling.

This getting reported, the assertion of the “Barbie” motion picture that Ken is “superfluous” is also concerning. It is not, of class, that girls have a need for guys, but that humanity calls for all of its members’ collaboration to accomplish its best prospective. And still, at the end of the motion picture, when Ken is relegated to a position equivalent to that of women in the true earth (study: oppressed), any hope for a environment in which individuals — or dolls — of all genders can dwell fulfilled, empowered lives stays elusive.

Mary Elliot
Lenox, Mass.

To the Editor:

Certainly, there is evidence that married people tend to be happier than the single. But that mainly applies to men and women who are happily married. Unhappily married persons are not only fewer pleased than the happily married, but also significantly less pleased than individuals who are divorced, and much less healthy than people who are solitary, divorced or widowed.

There are some significant components that recommend Barbie and Ken’s union could possibly not be a delighted a person. Barbie never expressed any interest in a relationship with Ken or with any one else. As Barbie was being ushered into a black S.U.V. and taken to the Mattel headquarters, Ken large-tailed it back again to Barbieland solo. Though there, as Gloria (performed by America Ferrera) so plainly summarized, he took Barbie’s dwelling, he brainwashed her good friends, and he tried using to regulate the government.

No a single demands 40 decades of Normal Social Study knowledge to know that they would be depressing. Prevent hoping to persuade females that the key to their joy is committing to emotionally harmed gentlemen from their self-fascination and greater judgment.

Theresa Hastert
Ann Arbor, Mich.