The Medi-morphosis: Being Treated Like a Human Under Socialized Health Care
In France, universal (or socialized) health care is half-NASA, half-MacGyver. And it works. I have to suspect the main objection to adopting the best healthcare system on the planet is just that it’s French.
How often do you feel nervous? How often do you feel hopeless?me
SantéNo, nonone of that matters.because
Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018), he's the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews' “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His short stories, flash fiction and essays have appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota Review, The Rumpus, Gravel, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His website is sdcarpenter.com.
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