Healthcare or Culture Crisis #fb

What are your thoughts?

“During my last night’s shift in the ER, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos, a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and a new cellular telephone equipped with her favorite R&B; tune for a ring tone.

Glancing over the chart, one could not help noticing her payer status: Medicaid.

She smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and, somehow, still has money to buy beer. And our President expects me to pay for this woman’s health care?

Our nation’s health care crisis is not a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. It is a crisis of culture – a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.

A culture that thinks I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me.

Life is really not that hard. Most of us reap what we sow.

Starner Jones, MD Jackson, MS”

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I feel so many  ways about this.

YES. ABSOLUTELY I am distressed and to some degree just mad that there always seems to be a level of the population who take no responsibility for themselves but get free housing, medical care, food, clothing and ongoing coddling. I am especially enraged that some have learned to make this a life style choice while wearing name brand items and driving cars equal to two years of my paycheck. That part of me wants to find an uninhabited continent and deliver these people there where they will finally have to fend for themselves or just die. Either way, I don’t have to parent and provide for them anymore.  I see abuses of the system on a regular basis and I report what I can and wring my hands over the rest.

but

I also see that we are at fault for continuing to support a supportive system that bends itself to these abuses. Why are we only taking part of an adults cash away when they don’t keep their end of the deal they asked the county for – ie: give me money and I will look for work and attempt to change my situation in ways that are measurable and observable.

If a participant / client doesn’t keep the contract – TAKE IT ALL AWAY.

If an adult enters into this contract for public funds, never give the funds directly to the client. NEVER let cash go directly to the clients.

Give the children’s food stamp allotment to the schools to pay for breakfast and lunch

Pay rent directly to the landlords, create more public housing for the homeless and pay rent directly to the buildings.

give food vouchers for grocery stores ala WIC, 

every other month give a clothing voucher for a toothbrush and paste,  underwear, pants and a shirt not to exceed a specified amount and not transferable, or of cash value – and if you lose it…then it is gone.  Although, in this day of automation, no physical vouchers are needed – it can all be preloaded information onto the EBT card.

BUT ALSO . . .

Who is to know when someone got the tattoos and piercings, and if they are religious or gifts or were paid for in a period of prosperity for the client. Just like when a Limo brings my client to the Welfare office (and it HAS happened)  –  it is because a friend of her owns a car service and has given her a ride. Should she be punished for the amenities of her friends and family?

And some days…

I am just mad that we have”the great society” at all. I would like to take all the “entitlement” programs away for a year and watch to see what happens.  I want US to step up not in the form of government but in the form of charities, religious communities and neighborhoods to support one another. Smaller and more local systems have fewer confusing rules and loop holes and I think that in some communities it would be a better plan than Big Brother giving us money for our pack of smokes so Big Brother can pay fr our Lung Cancer treatment.

WHAT are your thoughts?

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