Online poll: Who do you think will pay for your diabetes treatment in the future?

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Online poll: Who do you think will pay for your diabetes treatment in the future?

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Old 01-06-2013, 19:50   #1 Editor
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Over the last decade or so there has been a significant increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes around the world. This has resulted in the World Health Organisation issuing a warning to governments around the world suggesting that the condition could become one of the top five killers over the next 20 [...]

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Warning - rant ahead (though with explanation & suggestion for improvement). Probably because this is the 8th post about this. It's hardly "news" Enough, already!

This opinion poll is, IMO, utterly meaningless, at least for Americans. We have all seen numerous instances where polls, including bipartisan ones, showing 70% citizen agreement on some issue (e.g., revoke Citizen United; ensure healthy air and water now & in the future; reduce spending on unsuccessful foreign wars) but our elected officials (with 'prodding' from their corporate sponsors) ignore what we need and want.

What's the purpose of this poll? Such simplistic question/simplistic answer opinion polls are a dime a dozen and barely worth that dime -- except to pollsters who earn their living this way, or infotainment types trying to drum up some 'issue' to sell something or someone.

A more useful question would be, "What (as a citizen) will you do to ensure that every diabetic has affordable access to healthy foods and adequate health care for diabetes", with multiple answer options such as:
(a) not a thing; it ain't my problem
(b) I vow to take complete financial etc responsibility for my own diabetes & its complications for rest of my life without government or corporate assistance;
(c) I promise to write, call & sit on elected officials' doorsteps until they figure out a way to ensure diabetes care for all, or join a robust movement;
(d) I'll keep complaining without acting;
(e) I "care" about this issue but am too busy to do anything about it;
(f) I vow to vote for/against elected officials who agree with me on this issue
etc ...

As someone who's done survey research, I'm totally against wasting anyone's time, effort, money or electrons on doing or reporting polls that lack a clear, useful purpose. Polls like this are as meaningless as they are useless.

(Well, I warned you this would be a rant )

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4th Corner- couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for the rant.

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I have to agree with 4thcorner and Nancy also!


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I also counted the times our 'editor' has introduced this subject in some guise or another. I think it's time to give it a rest. And thank you all for your complete honesty - I totally agree!

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