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Dying for affordable healthcare — the uninsured speak

Sun, Aug 23, 2009Healthcare
Guardian
By Ed Pilkington, Kansas City

In a week of claim and counter-claim about the merits of healthcare provision in the US and UK, Ed Pilkington travelled to Quindaro, Kansas, to see how the poorest survive

In the furious debate gripping America over the future of its health system, one voice has been lost amid the shouting. It is that of a distinguished gynaecologist, aged 67, called Dr Joseph Manley.

For 35 years Manley had a thriving health clinic in Kansas. He lived in the most affluent neighbourhood of Kansas City and treated himself to a new Porsche every year. But this is not a story about doctors' remuneration and their lavish lifestyles.

Tags: Health insurance reform, Doctors, Poverty, Kansas, Working poor

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