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Old November 29 2012, 02:27 PM   #34
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Re: Do the Homeless Get Free Medical Treatment at American Hospitals?

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Who the hell are you to decide who deserves life-saving medical treatment and who doesn't? Your child at home gets a little mouthy, so you cut off her insulin until she behaves?
For real. I do not want someone arbitrarily deciding who "deserves" medical care and who doesn't.
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Who the hell are you to decide who deserves life-saving medical treatment and who doesn't?
The person who gets stuck with the bill?
I should be clearer, I'm not talking about life-saving care, or even regular preventive care for children OR adults. I'm talking about the abusers.

Locally, there's two homeless guys who call for ambulance rides averaging twice a day. And half the time, they leave the hospital soon after arrival because they didn't want to wait more than five minutes. I'm not joking. Big interview in the local paper, direct quotes of them being irate that people were not kowtowing to their wants. We're talking literally hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, plus the unavailability of the ambulance for others who are actually having emergencies.

Hubby was on call this past weekend. A parent called him--child receiving free medical care and the formula she opened was the wrong one. Okay, she had enough for the weekend, so fix it Monday, right? No! She wanted it fixed NOW, regardless of the costs to the hospital (read CA taxpayers) to get both a pharmacist into the office and the deliveryman on a Sunday (this department is closed weekends, but with people on call for emergencies). True, there was a delivery error (long before Hubby started working there), but she signed for the item without checking. The delivery person is delivering, not checking prescriptions--not qualified. Had she checked, as she was supposed to, there would have been no false-emergency. This was formula with a few nutritional additives, not medication.

These the kinds of attitude that are wrong. Not the "I'm out of insulin" or "my child just broke their arm and needs help now" things, or the once-a-year well-child checkup which can catch problems early.
What this tells me is that the resources in that area are not stretched so thin that they can't accommodate the whiners and fraudsters. That doesn't excuse those people's behavior, but it demonstrates that the situation isn't so bad that they're about to start rationing.

If it does get bad, guess what? People making frivolous or non-emergency calls will be told they just have to wait. Big deal.
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