News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mexico ex-official: Health care should have no boundaries

SHERYL KORNMAN

Published: 05.08.2008

Health care is a human right, not a "commodity or a privilege," Dr. Julio Frenk, a former health secretary of Mexico, said Wednesday at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

"It is unethical to limit health care on the basis of migratory activity," he said.

People without health insurance - among them Mexican immigrants in Arizona - should not be denied medical care, he said.

Border regions such as Arizona's with Mexico "are areas of cultural conflict," just as they are along geographic borders everywhere, as globalization pushes people into closer contact.

"The forces of globalization can be turned into a public good," Frenk said.

He also spoke about the spread of communicable disease across borders throughout the centuries and of the value of preventing disease with the access to health care.

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