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ALICJA KUBERSKA

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 4/15/2016 |




SONGSOPTOK
INTERVIEW ALICJA
HEALTHCARE – A RIGHT OR A PRIVILEGE?

SONGSOPTOK: Do you consider primary healthcare to be a fundamental right? Is it deemed as such in the society you live in? Please explain your answer with a few examples if possible.

ALICJA KUBERSKA: Healthcare is a fundamental right in my country. Everyone, who works, pays taxes so it is possible to devote some money to this aim.


SONGSOPTOK: What is the system of healthcare in the country and the society you live in? Is it a just and equitable system in the sense that all citizens enjoy the same benefits across economic and social classes?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: I think that it is not possible in Poland. The rich are able to profit from medical care of private hospitals.


SONGSOPTOK: Do you think that free healthcare cannot be a right, but it can be a privilege and a shared burden of sacrifice for the sake of the social contract?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: It is immoral not to help ill people. The poverty should not mean the capital penalty in the case of the serious illness.


SONGSOPTOK: What, in your opinion, should be the role of the government for ensuring equal healthcare to all citizens? What role is played by the government of the country you live in?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: Everything is based on money and law. The government should take care about every citizen. It means - good law and the proper administration is needed.


SONGSOPTOK: According to the data published by World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 16 000 children under the age of 5 die every day in the world (5.9 million in 2015) from infectious, neonatal or nutritional conditions. Is this a reality in the country you live in? If so, what would your suggestions of improvement be?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: It is not reality in my country


SONGSOPTOK: “Free access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. Access to free healthcare is not” – do you agree with this statement? Please explain your choice.

ALICJA KUBERSKA: I agree


SONGSOPTOK: How important is the role of the private sector for providing healthcare and related facilities in your country? What it is your opinion about it?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: Money rules the world.


SONGSOPTOK: Are charitable and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) active in the domain of public health? If yes, then in what spheres? Do you think that the civil society, either independently or through these organizations, should become the prime actor for ensuring healthcare for all?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: They are not active here.


SONGSOPTOK: Do you think that multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare companies are responsible, to a certain extent, for the widely variable quality of healthcare in different countries? Can you please illustrate your reply with some examples?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: The companies concerned with healthcare are interested mainly in incomes. They want to sell medicines. The patients are their customers.


SONGSOPTOK: Do you think that adopting the Social Security model implemented in a lot of countries in Europe which ensures primary health coverage to all citizens and is financed by the totality of the working population can be relevant and efficient in all countries?

ALICJA KUBERSKA: Of course


ALICJA KUBERSKA FROM POLAND, AGE 56

We sincerely thank you for your time and hope we shall have your continued support.
Aparajita Sen

(Editor: Songsoptok)

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