The title is self-explanatory. From digby:
When the TB guy story was blazing I wrote that one of the most annoying things about it was that the guy said he was willing to put god knows how many other people at risk because he believed that he would die in a European hospital and had to get back to America where the health care was good. Aside from it being a thoroughly selfish act, it was just wrong. He would have had fine care in that Italian hospital and he could have arranged for transportation back to the states without endangering the lives of of all those strangers many of whom might not have had access to the superior health care he had at the end of the line. It’s just a perfect illustration of the success of the medical corporate propaganda that says all these foreign health care systems are so inferior it’s better to have inadequate access to or spend a prohibitive amount for American care than have universal coverage “like the socialists in France.” This guy wasn’t in Cambodia or Kenya — he believed they would “kill” him in Europe and that’s just nuts.
Actually, that’s unfair to the Kenyans. Provided he had access to the necessary drugs (he might have to pay out of pocket for them), the Kenyans, sadly, have had a lot of experience treating drug-resistant TB, particularly once it’s been determined what kind of TB it is. Don’t know much about the Cambodian system, however.