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Final Project Source Notes (17)

Posted by mattieliz on February 23, 2009

Source Notes (17): Interview- Citizen (Expert)

Interviewee’s name: Sue Currin, Expert Citizen

Summary: Sue is the Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and recently became the Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco General Hospital. She has been campaigning for universal health care her whole life and is a strong believer of the issue.

Me: “Sue, why do you think it is so important for this country to have available health care provided to all Americans?”

Sue: “It seems to be a growing trend worldwide and it’s a scary thing to see when there are nearly 50 million people in this country who don’t have health insurance; why do you think our mortality rates are higher than the other countries who do provide it to their people?”

Me: “Working in a hospital, do you deal with that kind of stuff  [people not being able to pay for health insurance] quite frequently?”

Sue: “Unfortunately, I deal with it more than I would like to. It’s devastating to see someone who desperately needs the attention, and is not be able to pay for it, it’s absolutely horrible.”

Me: “How soon do you think this will take effect?”

Sue: “I think it’s going to take a lot longer than what the Obama Administration is hoping for; it’s such a complicated issue, plus they need enough votes just to pass the bill… it’s going to take longer than a year, probably even two. I would like to see it happen immediately, but that won’t happen.”

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