John Oliver on Emergency Medical Services

On his show Last Week Tonight, he points out the surprising fact that in the US, emergency medical services, the ambulances and the medical technicians who come in an emergency and treat and transport people to hospitals, are not classified as essential services in the communities they serve, and as a result the workers are paid very poorly and lack benefits despite being hailed for their life-saving work.

More disturbingly, private equity firms are now moving in and taking over some of the private companies that provide these services, which usually means that they will be stripped of assets, workers will be treated even worse, and prices will rise.

This is the madness that results when health care is privatized.


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