Thursday, December 15, 2011
A Proposal For Non-Profit Based Health Care and Education Systems by Pam Bickell
I am sharing a thoughtful post by Pam Bickell from her Notes Along The Path blog. She lives in a Land that has been largely privatised and mentions the effects it has had on the population and I am now living in a Land that has had what she is proposing, but has chosen to privatise and move into a capitalistic model with disasterous results for the society. Risk Capital Companies are now buying schools and taking over part of the health care and elder care. They operate under what I call the Wal-Mart or Target system and for those who know of the Wal-Mart or Target model, you will know exactly what I am talking about.
All I will say is that the private model is no better than the social model. Neither function very well, but this is mainly due to State, County and Townships maintaining their non profit status while at the same time demanding greater profits. A few at the top get high salaries and very generous pension benifits while cutting workers salaries, laying off people, and even using free labour funded by the state through their various flim flam social and work programs, not only supplying free labour, but giving private companies and non-profit organizations a bonus of 5,000 swedish crowns per month to take in the unemployed and handicapped in the guise of helping them. From my experience Socialism is every bit as corrupt as a Capitalist system. Having lived in both worlds, I see little difference.
There have been a number of scandals in the schools and in the health care system of late. Both are systems imploding upon themselves and nobody seems to know what to do or will take responsibility for the imposed destruction of an entire culture. There is now a show on Swedish TV called, The World's Best Shit Schools looking at the Swedish Schools. When Swedish school children were asked what 800 divided by 100 equals, only a small per cent gave the correct answer. When the Program Leader asked the same question in a Chinese school, 100 % knew the correct answer.
When Swedes discuss these hot topics with me, I calmly say, "What do you expect? When the private companies come into the Swedish market place , they hire the same people as before from a public system that no longer functions, so what do you expect? There is much talk about the need for good teachers and health care workers, but where will you find enough people with a good education, good skills or a good work ethic that have gone through the worlds best shit schools? They have never been properly trained to handle stress, take responisbility, or deal with the consequences for their actions.
So, in conclusion, the quality of any system depends on the quality of the people. Unfortunately, we live in profit driven societies in which money and image is more important than the quality or the reality of our everyday lives. This creates conflicts and a multitude of mental, emotional and physical problems with a majority of the population lacking the knowledge or the skills need to reverse the decline and what some believe to be a total collapse of our capitalistic model.
Now, to read Pams thoughts , plus the thoughts of two economists on this subject, please click on the link below. I understand her American perspective, after living in it for the greatest part of my lifetime.