If elected, Robbie Goldstein will be the only infectious disease doctor in Congress. But the fact that we need him to win goes a lot deeper than that. Robbie is running because when he talked to patients, he realized that their health outcomes were largely the downstream consequences of systemic problems. Problems like pollution, food insecurity, bad housing, and lack of access to Transportation. A lot of the personal tragedies people experience have systemic causes. The economy increasingly operates to divide interests, optimize for profits, and cast the arc of a human life as nothing but the consequence of that individual’s decisions. Then when you get hurt by something bigger than you - like COVID, systemic food insecurity, or injury during a flood caused by a changing climate - it’s doctors who have to pick up the pieces and try to put you back together. And Robbie decided picking up the pieces wasn’t enough. In congress, he’s going to champion the kinds of systemic change that will keep people whole. Read this article on Medium and please help us send Robbie to congress. Donate, phone bank, and vote. The MA primary is on September first. Get involved at Robbie’s website: www.robbieforchange.com/
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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
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