Oil Industry Externalizing Health Costs

This New York Times article “An Oil Boom Takes A Toll on Health Care” describes how the fracking oil industry in North Dakota is adversely impacting the health care infrastructure of the region.  By bringing these rural communities the new and often dangerous jobs that don’t cover health care costs, among other externalized expenses, the doctors and clinics have been inundated with the uninsured sick and injured.   While there are ideas about building larger hospitals and finding more doctors, there is no mention of how long these jobs and people will be in the area and whether building and paying for this infrastructure is the best use of the public resources.

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