When China announced to the world that a ‘strange’, ‘new’ and potentially ‘dangerous’ flu-like disease had been identified in the ‘Wuhan’ area – the Western
No country on Earth could have responded with the decisiveness and effectiveness that has been shown by the leadership of the Government of China, the
However, illness for many (even within privileged societies) is an everyday reality, particularly if there is no cure, or the case that medicines can only ‘control’ the situation for a time. Even in China where Daoism is an ancient medicalised spirituality, people who are ill keep themselves as ‘free’ of angst as possible, and seek to detach a ‘clear’ mind from an ill body as much as possible.
Socialist medicine treats all people as equal. This means that regardless of high or low social status the treatment and medicine that is received is of one level – and that this level is the best that a society can collectively muster both intellectually and materially. There is not one level of care for the rich, and another level of care for the poor – there is only one methodology and that is medicine developed through the application of scientific socialism.