Wednesday, March 03, 2004
NZPundit has posed a challenge based around the following article....
Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences researcher Tony Blakely has released the latest findings of the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study to show that health policies cannot be based solely on economic need.
Dr Blakely, of the University of Otago, said that in response to the current political debate over health funding he had decided to pre-release the findings of an unpublished study that looked at death rates in terms of both ethnicity and income levels.
Death rates are commonly used as an indicator of health need. Dr Blakely said the results were "too critical" to leave until they were formally published
The challenge relates to the need based vs race based funding debate.
Without actually diving into the statistics and scientific method as NZPundit does....
I personally don't see why race can't establish a valid need in the medical area. I certainly think that culture can never establish medical need, but race almost certainly can. If a certain genetic line is predisposed towards a certain illnesses then there most certainly is a need established. The problem is that any time anyone talks about genetic predispositions and/or genetic flaws on a racial basis they get labled racist.
Rants|Wednesday, March 03, 2004 8:55:51 PM UTC||