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Friday, September 11, 2009

Another Letter to the Editor

This is not my creation but was sent to me by a doctor friend of mine. I thought I'd share:

This was a "letter to the
editor" in yesterdays Jackson , MS
newspaper.

During my last shift in the ER,
I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient with a shiny new
gold tooth, multiple elaborate tattoos and a new cellular
telephone equipped with her favorite R&B tune for a
ringtone.

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

She smokes a 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 - 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.

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

STARNER JONES,MD

Jackson , MS

15 comments:

  1. Doesn't that say it all. People perfectly able to work and take care of themselves living on the backs of others hard labor.

    Deborah F. Hamilton
    Right Truth
    http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

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  2. Not a healyh care professional, but just a Doctor of Sick Electrons.
    I can ONLY SAY AMEN!
    Take care of priorities. Food, shelter, your children, healthcare, transportation, utilities. Then, and only then, buy smokes, tattoos, beer, drugs, whatever the hell you want to spend your money on after and ONLY AFTER you have paid for the aforementioned!
    Pretty conservative, huh? Conservative, liberal whatever. Carry your own damned weight America!!!

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  3. Sounds just like many in certain parts of Jackson, a city I visit only when necessary. Laziness is catching and infectous and more and more are falling victim as the virus is spread by the current administration.

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  4. I don't know Dr. Jones but I see the very same thing here every day.

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  5. Being married to an ICU nurse, we see this happen every day @ $2400 A DAY,(plus other costs/drugs; over dosed people, alcoholic abusers, coming in time after time, called "frequent flyers". And when they come back to life, they sign themselves out AMA, against medical advise, only to be carried into the ER again a month or so later. Think they have insurance or jobs? Didn't think so, did you?. And then we have real people with jobs that are truly sick and need the expertise care of an ICU, waiting for a bed.

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  6. Jaz_df4, thanks for your comment. We see the same crowd at our hospital. Fortunately for us, our small facility does not have an ICU, so if the lo-life is sick enough for that, they get transferred. ICU's in small hospitals are money pits. We had one for a long time but could not afford to carry on with it.

    By the way, you failed to mention the fact that if any of these freeloaders have a bad outcome in your ICU, they will be the first to call a lawyer and sue you into the next galaxy.

    I have always wondered how it is that these people that don't have a pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out of always manage to come up with a lawyer. I know these sharks don't work for free.

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  7. As i once seen on a T-shirt, "To hell with EMTALA, carry your kids runny nose to the clinic". I agree with you 100% there Buck. These are the people who abuse our state's insurance, which interns drives the cost of healthcare and private insurance through the roof. I have no problem with people who are retired and have a real need for this insurance, but to hell with these people who abuse this privlidge. I have seen people in the past who desperately need healthcare but can't get because of these idiots. Anywho, thanks for giving me a spot to voice my opinion.

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  8. Thanks, Slewfoot (anonymous), for your comment. If you have any opinion you'd like to spout off about, send it to me and I'll put it up as a post here on the blog.

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  9. You are a true idiot!

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  10. As a personnel manager, I see people everyday who are "displaced" from Hurricane Katrina (lets keep it mind that it has been 4 years) and have not worked since. I see people daily who fail drug screens so they can not work but sit at home collecting unemployment and/or welfare.

    As a single mother of two wonderful sons I am disgusted. I work daily to pay for their drugs, their rent, their groceries, etc. When I stand in line at the grocery store they use their food stamp cards while flinging their gold, perfectly manicured hair, well manicured nails, and brand new clothes....thats right before they get into their brand new Escalade!

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  11. I would like to add something to this conversation, but it sppears I would be preaching to the choir. I've worked as a paramedic, firefighter and a police officer and I've seen this segment of society over and over and... oh, well, you get the idea. Too many people living a life of "WIIFM" What's in it for me. They complain about the problems in society and the injustices that they "see" and forget that if they TAKE from society without any contribution to it, they ARE the problem.

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  12. I too, am a Health Care Professional and know what it's like to live on a Nurses' salary in the South. I, like you, have seen the injustice...daily. It's infuriating; the welfare abuse, 14yo mothers, the 'you owe me' attitudes. But bitching about it won't change things. We have to band together and let our "New Leader" know that WE want change. We want to see accountability, we want our tax dollars to go to education and stop inabling this "WIIFM" attitude. If we ALL write our Congressmen/Senators or speak out...like Letters to the Editors we might find that there are many like minded people out there that want to make change.

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  13. How about the truth as it really is…I work for a living, I have insurance but since I work for a small company my insurance premiums total more than 38% of my income and comes with a $5000.00 deductible (per member) family of three X $5000.00= $15.000, before my insurance kicks in for major medical. Do the math, doesn’t leave a lot for food, much less “The Finer Things In Life” Its about time someone stood toe to toe with the insurance, medical and pharmaceutical companies, who by the way are spending $1,000,000 a day on lobbyist trying to keep their strangle hold on hard working people, stop believing every thing you read or hear Rush Limbaugh ($400,000,000 contract for spouting bullshit trying to scare the hell out of everybody). The hard working people of this country deserve better than business as usual.

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  14. The word NARCISSISM comes to mind when I read about these people you describe. Not meaning to oversimplify, but it seems the problem is a problem of the heart and will of mankind. If each person would take personal respnsibilty for themselves and follow the notorious and easily understood life example of Jesus Christ found in the Holy Bible, this problem would diminish dramatically and we'd not have to babysit these individuals. Instead of taking all the time, they'd at once understand that it is better to give than to recieve. Many things then in their lives would fall into place and they would become less of a burden on society in general. That's my two cents worth.

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  15. That guy who claims a family deduction of $15,000 for a family with $5000 per individual should go home and read his/her policy. Max family deductibles are never calculated by the number of individuals times the deductable. There is a different deductable max per family than the individual rate! Plus if tat high deductable is costing him/her 38% of their salary they either don't earn very much at all or should go shopping for a new policy. Try
    www.miquotes.com/ssbenefitproviders

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