Citizen Primaries: Health. Marco Cappato

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Marco Cappato, secretary of the Association Luca Coscioni(*), in the name of Rosa nel Pugno has sent me this letter for Citizen Primaries: Health.

"Dear Grillo,

I believe that in the case of health, for every discussion about efficiency and organisation we need to precede this with the objective of having more freedom and autonomy. It was the battle of Luca Coscioni and as I am the secretary of the association that bears his name that is “for the freedom of scientific research”, I want to tell you about the objectives of some of the most important Italian scientists and a few things about Rosa nel Pugno:

- with strict rules and limits following the model used in Great Britain , allow scientific research on embryonic stem cells with the aim of understanding and finding a cure for illnesses that afflict hundreds of millions of people in the world:

- allow access to artificial reproductive techniques and to the diagnosis before implantation for couples affected by genetic illnesses as well as artificial insemination with an embryo that is external to the couple,

- guarantee therapeutic freedom, entrusted to the relationship between the doctor and the patient, in the effective delivery of drugs that are amply tested and authorised for use in all civilised countries, but made difficult (and in some cases prohibited) in our country, such as: the abortifacient RU486, therapeutic cannabis, pharmacological treatments for people who are dependent on drugs and opiates for the treatment of pain.

- allow autonomy and individual responsibility in choices relating to the end of life, above all to put a stop to the phenomenon of clandestine euthanasia. Respect the will of the individual expressed freely and unequivocally, even through the recognition of a living will giving directions about treatment and ways of regulating euthanasia on the models developed in the Netherlands, in Belgium, and in Switzerland or according to the approach being taken by the British Parliament [….] The first to sign are  Elena Cattaneo, Gilberto Corbellini, Giulio Cossu, Elisabetta Dejana, Cesare Galli, Piergiorgio Strata, Antonino Forabosco, Demetrio Neri. These signatures are followed by those of 130 academics.

To these objectives I would like to add three campaigns promoted and sustained by Luca Coscioni:

- “freedom of speech”: investments and initiatives in accordance with regulations to make freely available equipment and technologies that help people with disabilities in communication, as well as in gaining access to and in producing information;

- “freedom to read”: guarantee the availability of books in digital versions for people who have disabilities and who are blind;

- “independent life”: strengthen the freedom of choice based on real need for people who are disabled or are ill and not on bureaucratic needs of the organisations providing the services, thus favouring a gradual de-medicalisation of the services so that they can be funded by insurance or bonus funds.

As a final point, I can definitely agree with the objective of promoting a health policy based on information. In all industrialised countries there has been a sharp increase in the amount of money spent on health, but with modest gains in terms of health improvement. Health expenditure varies between 7% and 15% of GDP (thus there’s 100% variation) without visible changes in terms of health in terms of life expectancy or mortality.

In this respect it is useful to remember that:

positive influences on health do not depend on health providers (hospitals, pharmacies etc.…) but also and above all on other factors (life style, economic conditions, environment, genetic makeup…); A famous model (Dever, at the end of the 1970’s) reckoned that the balance in the health system was worth 11% with respect to other factors!

Many studies have evidenced the distorted use of the part played by the health system; a famous study (Domenighetti, Canton Ticino) showed that doctors chose surgical interventions for themselves or their family members for half the times that they suggested these operations for their patients (unless the patients were lawyers and then they had the same frequency as the doctors!). Other studies showed that obtaining a second medical opinion led to a different therapeutic route in about half the cases.

All this leads many to believe that the true deficit is not in expenditure, but in the information that is available to the population. Up until now, information has been exclusively in the hands of the providers (doctors, professional and Trades Union bodies) who have sought the interests of the health system more than they have worked for the health of the people. Only recently, for example, are we seeing a discussion of the issues around health risks, that is damage and deaths due to errors of doctors or the health system. Certain studies suggest that in Italy there are between 15 thousand and 50 thousand deaths due to medical errors; and that hospital infections cause 7000 deaths a year (deaths from road traffic accidents are “only” 5000 a year).

Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

Marco Cappato -

(*) The Association Coscioni is together with Radicali italiani, the SDI and the FGS, one of the bodies making up the Rosa nel Pugno

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Complex medical operations very dear, the part becomes covered by the insurance, but is all the same inaccessible to many American families WBR LeoP

Posted by: Pharmaceutical | January 22, 2007 02:34 AM

It is extremely difficult to separate the emotions from the facts when discussing stem cells. As an animal lover it is quite a complex subject and I cannot stand to have animals harmed.

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