Health­care in Loma Linda

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Loma Linda’s se­cret,” Opin­ion, May 30

Jonah Gold­berg left out a very im­por­tant piece of in­for­ma­tion in his col­umn ex­plor­ing why the res­i­dents of Loma Linda live on av­er­age 10 years longer than other Amer­i­cans.

Gold­berg sug­gests that the Sev­enth-Day Ad­ven­tist res­i­dents of that city have good out­comes be­cause of life­style (they do not smoke or eat meat, and they ex­er­cise reg­u­larly) and not be­cause of their health in­sur­ance. He does not men­tion that most peo­ple there have ac­cess to Loma Linda Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, one of the top med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in the state. Res­i­dents’ healthy life­style com­bined with ex­cel­lent health­care and health ed­u­ca­tion set Loma Linda apart from other places.

It would be in­ter­est­ing to find out what per­cent­age of Loma Linda res­i­dents ac­tu­ally have health in­sur­ance. Per­haps th­ese peo­ple re­ally do live a long

time be­cause of their in­sur­ance. Ken We­in­stock

Alameda, Calif.

Gold­berg throws shade on the pu­ta­tive fac­tors linked to bet­ter health, but an­other is­sue trumps his story: the fact that health­care will soon bank­rupt the coun­try un­less we find a more cost ef­fec­tive way to pay for it.

Gov­ern­ment-spon­sored uni­ver­sal plans are a means to achieve an eq­ui­table and cost-ef­fec­tive sys­tem of health­care. Wil­liam K. Sol­berg

Los An­ge­les

Gold­berg makes an in­ter­est­ing point about the fac­tors that en­able cer­tain cul­tures to main­tain healthy life­styles and, thus, he ar­gues, longer life­spans.

He then presents the as­ton­ish­ing 20-year gap in life­spans be­tween peo­ple born in Sum­mit County, Colo., and peo­ple born on the Pine Ridge Reser­va­tion in South Dakota, ar­gu­ing that “th­ese dis­crep­an­cies have much more to do with life­style than in­sur­ance.”

When my col­lege com­po­si­tion stu­dents make th­ese kinds of as­ser­tions, I ask them to pro­vide ev­i­dence to sup­port their claim. Gold­berg sup­plies none, re­ly­ing on im­plied stereo­types of peo­ple liv­ing in poverty. Liz Lew

Wood­land Hills

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