Patient checks out -- five years later
Original post made on Jul 1, 2007
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on Jul 1, 2007 at 6:55 pm
So often you hear about Doctors who cater to the desires of the insurance companies, and are more concerned about cutting costs and seeing such a volume of patients that they have to look repeatedly at your chart to pretend to know your name... what a refreshing story to hear of a doctor really going out on a limb for a patient. Way to go Doc! Welcome home (finally) Jimmy!
on Jul 3, 2007 at 1:34 pm
The doctor who fights off insurance companies, hospital administrators and all other bureaucrats. Sounds like a herculean tail of a person who fought tyrannical policy makers who only care about the bottom line.
But here's a question, how much money do we have to spend on someone who will never be a productive member of society? Over the five years, how many people who needed health care services were either turned away or delayed because there were no beds available?
In isolation, I applaud this doctor's efforts. When you factor in scarcity, the decision was dubious at best.
on Jul 3, 2007 at 10:23 pm
This would be a failing of the system. Not the doctor. To devalue the life of an individual simply because his body didn't work is appalling. Look at the contributions of Steven Hawking and Christopher Reeve to cite a couple of examples.
I find it hard to believe that the bed of one man would have threatened the life or well being of other potential patients. If the unit was full, the patient is diverted. It's that simple. They are not denied health care if it is needed.