Don't worry, I haven't lost my mind. In my recent studies of Antibiotics, bacteria, and Super-bugs...I realized something. In today's society most doctors have to follow the hospital or clinics protocol, protocol that are designed from several factors. One: what ever the payer wants, from big insurance to big government. Anyone under government insurance, medicaid, medicare, and the dreaded VA (is that Tricare?) can attest to the difference in "private" and "public" pay system. Two: lawsuits.
I want to talk about lawsuits. I found that hospitals (who make the policy that doctors and nurses must follow) get sued, along with doctors, for sometimes two conflicting things. Example: They are sued for giving a medication, they are also sued for not giving this same medication. They think a test is not needed, but the person demands it, they have to. The list goes on and on, and the further down the wormhole I go, the bigger the problem seems to really be. From children being prescribed too much medication to old people not getting their medication to blanket one-size-fits all and more and more money spend on testing because one patient died and the hospital was sued.
Am I saying we should take away the right to sue? No.
Am I saying that one party is to blame more than another. No, not really. Remember, we all helped to get us in this mess. We, as a society, seem to have a knee-jerk reaction, and in this I believe we will see our demise.
What are you saying Elicia?
I am saying sorry to all the hard working doctors and nurses who genuenly care about their patients, who disagree with the policies but are caught up in red-tape and a public who seems to be from two different worlds: Those who demand: Medicine, Medicine, Test, Test, and More Tests, to those who demand: Natural doctor, what am I a pincushion?
In the end, we are all in this together, and as we all move forward I hope we can all learn to deal with each other a bit more. I too am guilty of lumping and judging...so for now on, I will judge each Doctor and Nurse off their character and their intent. (The doctor that we recently fired, I am not apologizing to you, not at all, you treated us like nothing more than human capital.)
Thanks for listening.