posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 01:31 AM
reply to post by Sean48
I live in Australia.
As a kid in an isolated, inbred saw-milling town I saw kid after kid die from having a hole in the heart, apparently hereditary there, which the
parents could not afford operations for.
Some people say there is always charity, but that's not true at all. These kids just gradually sickened and died, as their parents were uneducated
no-one who could have helped was interested.
Once Medicare came and these people could get health care the poverty cycle was broken. Kids could get healthy and escape from the town and new people
became interested in moving there, bringing money, ideas, and improving educational standards.
Later, when I was a single mum with no money and young handicapped kids, when the youngest was having a bad asthma attack I could just pop him onto my
back and run up the hill to the Angliss Hospital, (taxis and ambulances took too long to arrive,) and there was no worry over money. He was treated as
well as any wealthy kid and has now grown into a strong, healthy man who can contribute his share of taxes to keep funding care for others.
Re pets, we'd all starve for a week if our darling cat needed money for treatment and we didn't have it. When you take a pet into your family it
gives you all its love and you are responsible for its life. That is not an obligation a decent person can take lightly.