Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Nurse Follies: Beating a Dead Horse

I was somewhat disappointed to see that Barbaro got dead this week. It's not like I was one of those tards who sent bouquets of organic carrots and a Get Well card, and I had a global meltdown upon hearing the news which rendered me incapacitated for the rest of the day. But I was sort of hoping that after all that hard work, it wouldn't be in vain.

But, in the end, he got dead...going to the great Winners Circle in the Sky. Now, they can either cremate him and ceremoniously spray crop his ashes over some prestigious racetrack. Or they can just use a backhoe and plant him somewhere on his ranch, where thousands of people who have nothing better to do with their time can go and place flowers, balloons, and toy stuffed horses on his gravesite.

I can't really say I am heartbroken. When you think about it, this horse got better healthcare than most humans. Somewhere out there, someone without insurance is sick with something pretty awful. Unable to go to the hospital for care because they can't afford it. You should ask them how they feel about a dead horse.

The other day, I went and picked up my perscriptions, and the cost of my copay had doubled. One again, the morons in the Human Resources department fucked up my open enrollment and signed me up for the crappy health plan instead of the one I wanted.

Way to go, asshats!

On my way home, I thought about it. Paying almost $100 a month for drugs suck ass...but I can afford it (even though I can think of a million other things I could spend the money socks). I'm one of the few fortunate ones. What about those who aren't so lucky? Fixed income, insurance so crappy that they may as well not have any, monthly med expenses that are out the wazoo. Somewhere out there, people, is someone who is making the choice between food to eat, and medications to keep them healthy. And speaking from my own observations at work, those people chose the food over the meds. I get to see them later when they are brought in to the hospital because the conditions their meds are supposed to treat, are staging a coup on their body. "Noncompliant" is the name they are given. Not because they want to be, but because they have no other choice.

Even people with good insurance sometimes get the shaft. Someone I know went to MD Anderson for treatment. They accepted his insurance, and his family had to shell out thousands and thousands of dollars in addition to it, and the outcome was no better than if they would have just remained with their local specialists.

Money rules medicine.

I don't have a solution to this problem. Maybe universal healthcare would work. It's an issue I will keep close tabs on this election. I really don't give a flying rats ass whether gays can marry or not when I think about major medical decisions made by some douchebag in an insurance office, and not the doctor providing the treatment.


SmedRock said...

Amen! Let us go back to witch doctorin'! Just kidding. You are absolutely correct. Money does rule health care. Part of it is demand, but the rest is pure freaking greed.

Keep up the good work.

And who gives a damn about the horse? I damn sure don't. Recycle him, dogs need to eat too.

karen said...

As an Rn myself, I can say that you are correct about money being the driving force in healthcare. But I have to disagree that people don't get treatment if they don't have insurance.

I have been working in the ER for 17 years and can assure everyone that ANYONE can get free healthcare. All they have to do is come to the ER and they are treated! And who do you think pays for all of that???? Those of us who work hard and have insurance and pay high monthly premiums for it, that's who!

And that includes free care for illegal immigrants who think they are entitled to our money!

I would much rather contribute to the care of a beautiful horse than treat dirtbags who want to simply milk the system and expect the rest of us to pay for their mostly behavior based illnesses!!!!

Marti said...


Yes, anyone can get health care if they go to an ER. Key word is "if".

Many people who have no insurance are embarrassed or feel guilty trying to get health care they know they can't afford, and WON'T go to the ER, until they are critical.

And as Heather mentioned, even if you do have insurance, you may not go to the doctor or get your prescription filled because of the co-pay.

Father-in-law is still in hospital. Today they put in a feeding tube, 'cause he won't eat. I hate to think of the bill my mother-in-law will face, even with insurance and Medicare.