‘Cubans have a better healthcare system than Americans. Certainly, it comes at the cost of their freedom, but Americans, by not having healthcare, give up some of their freedom,’ said Chancellor Michael V. Drake during his lecture, ‘The Health Status of Americans: Challenges and Opportunities.’ The Chancellor’s lecture was the third installment of the Allen Lecture Series and was held on Oct. 18 at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
‘The trend shows that [Americans] increasingly report struggling to pay for healthcare; the average healthcare policy costs $7,000 per person per year,’ Drake said.
Though the campaign for healthcare reform is nothing new, Drake provided perspective on the crisis facing the United States. Drawing from his ophthalmologic experience, Drake explained that within the past couple of years, a breakthrough treatment for macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in those over 50, has been made. However, treatment costs approximately $25,000
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