Who Should We Let Die?
How Health For All Failed, And How Not To Fail Again
by Koye Oyerinde
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Pub Date 05 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2022
Embedded in the "Health for All by the Year 2000" slogan was the notion of health as a human right. Yet, when we don’t guarantee health services to all, we are unwittingly answering the question, Who Should We Let Die?
America doesn’t provide healthcare services as a right of citizenship. Instead, it has a treatment system dominated by profit-orientated healthcare insurers, hospital corporations, medical device companies, and pharmaceutical corporations. In Who Should We Let Die? Dr. Oyerinde describes it as a GoFundMe health system because almost half of the supplicants on the eponymous website are there to raise funds to pay for hospital bills.
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that poorly handled local epidemics become pandemics. As enunciated in the Alma Ata Declaration, we need quality primary healthcare-based systems to detect diseases early and promptly alert health authorities to outbreaks. Such a system will not depend on GoFundMe campaigns or out-of-pocket payments for health services. Only a groundswell of demand by the public for good governance will get us to universal health coverage by 2030. Dr. Oyerinde presents illustrative anecdotes provoking conversations that could lead America and developing countries on their path to universal health coverage.
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of health service delivery in the developing world and the United States compelled him to write this book.
"In a clear conversational voice, Who Should We Let Die breaks down public health policy and clinical medicine issues in an engaging manner that will make sense to healthcare consumers around the world."
-Independent Book Review
"Refreshingly his treatise reflects health care on multiple continents and is about creating health through primary care systems."
-New York Journal of Books
"As a world traveled physician and health policy researcher, Oyerinde explores these vital issues in depth, with personal stories and professional erudition to underpin his philosophical theses... a diligently researched, highly relevant work"
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Who Should We Let Die? by Koye Oyerinde uses the doctor's life and vast experience as a frame upon which he critiques and offers suggestions for making healthcare for all a human rights priority.
As he states, healthcare should be about preventing as much illness and disease as possible as well as treating those in need of more critical care. Through the many situations he has seen and the policies he has been involved in formulating (or trying to) the reader sees both how the current (so-called) healthcare system works, and specifically how it really only serves those profiting from it.
The disjointed comment I made earlier has to do with what, for me, was a lack of flow. In part because I think his voice changed with the locations he was talking about, but also because I had to take a few extra minutes at times to look up organizations, people, or events.
Overall this is a valuable read and I highly recommend it. It is accessible and for a reader looking primarily for the insights rather than necessarily a pleasurable read will be very pleased.
Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
This book is must read
Had me crying as health care system in many countries is wrong
Everyone should have the right to free health care as this book highlights
Everyone needs to read just understand changes are needed
Koye Oyerinde weaves narrative and wider policy discussion astutely in this riveting introduction to global health care delivery and public health. As a physician going into preventive medicine, I am glad to have found this illustrative and descriptive look into the healthcare and training of Dr. Oyerinde's past, as well as his visions for the future. Definitely worth a read for anyone who wants to understand more about the current state of global health inequality, what led up to it, and most importantly - what the implications are when lives are at stake.
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