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Eduardo Gonzalez, Director, Clinica Romero
Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez, ...
Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of Clinica Romero, said working in health care is not about the salary."It's the personal rewardreceived doing a good job," he said.
At the end of the presentation, Gonzalez
made a plea to community members:
"I want to invite our community to go to their community college, go to the vocational schools, look into the universities, get enrolled, findout how to become a health care professional," he
said."We will be waiting for you.
Eduardo A. Gonzalez, M.D.Medical Director:
News Briefs from America, the Catholic Weekly Magazine.
"The truth has finally come out," said Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the Oscar Romero Clinic in Los Angeles."We're free of oppression, free from fear and free from the pain of not having had justice for so many years," Gonzalez said."It's a historic day for peace and justice in El Salvador and the world.Now true reconciliation can begin.For nearly 25 years, it's been a wound in our lives.Today we will begin healing that," he said.Gonzalez was among the 50 Salvadorans sitting on wooden courtroom benches Sept. 3 as Judge Oliver W. Wanger of the U.S. District Court in Fresno ruled that Alvaro Saravia, a retired Salvadoran air force captain who had been living in Modesto, hired and paid the archbishop's murderer.
Health care without borders
If you look at this, you can conclude without any doubt that health care is not a public policy priority," contended Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the Clinica Monseignor Oscar A. Romero. He
said that many of the clinic's patients (97 percent Latino, 80 percent uninsured and 95 percent below 100 percent of the federal poverty line) are diabetics who are taught to manage the disease through control and diet.But what most appalls him is that 95 percent of their patients are fully employed."Some of them even have two full-time jobs.We're talking about the working poor who lack health insurance and their only other resources are county facilities and emergency rooms," Mr. Gonzalez
The problem, he
added, is that emergency rooms and trauma centers are more expensive than preventive care treatment facilities, and, although by law, no one can be turned away, the facilities can make patients wait for very long times, even up to 24 hours.
For Mr. Gonzalez
, it presents a myopic way of providing health care."We need to invest more money in primary health care and prevention.If everybody in this country had access to health care, we would avoid many of the complications we are seeing, like obesity and Type II Diabetes in 9- and 10-year-old children," he