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Mon Apr 16, 2012, 04:53 AM

Single payer advocate gives up and moves to New Zealand [View all]

One of our former chairs of Health Care for All WA is also a psychiatrist who moved to New Zealand. Her reason was that as she aged, her own insurance premiums got too high. She used to be the only MD psychiatrist in the state who would accept Medicaid patients. She hung on for a long time, even giving up her car and moving closer to work, but eventually the financial load got to be just too much.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/07-1

Dr. Carol Paris is a psychiatrist. She’s practiced for 13 years in southern Maryland. And she’s fought hard for a single payer system.

Dr. Carol Paris is arrested for disorderly conduct outside of a U.S. Senate office building Tuesday, May 5, 2009 for speaking out at Sen. Max Baucus' Congressional hearings on health care reform. (Photo/South Maryland News) She’s even been arrested in Congress for speaking out for single payer. But now, she’s had enough.

She’s closing her practice.

And moving it to New Zealand.

“I’m so tired and weary of trying to practice sane, passionate, good medicine in this insane health care system in the United States,” Paris said last month in an interview at Union Station before walking over to protest in front of the Supreme Court against the Obama health care law and for single payer. “It impairs my ability to practice in a way that is ethical and passionate. I have a few years left in me to practice. And I’ve decided see what it is like in another country. I have a couple of friends who are psychiatrists who have done a sabbatical in New Zealand. And they said they are so sad to be back in the United States practicing because it was so much more sane and caring in New Zealand. I’m going to see what it is like for my own mental health.”

“The insanity here is that we have a system of financing health care in this country that is all about profit for corporate America and not about the health care of the people,” Dr. Paris said. “It is opposed to the health care of the people of America. You can’t be about profit and be about a social service.”

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