Jesus, just go read:

You know, I listen to a lot of talk radio and the other places where
people are talking healthcare reform a lot of the time these days, and
these conversations, quite frankly, tend to be dominated by affluent
suburbanites who have decent health coverage — as long as they’re not
laid off, anyway — and access to state-of-the-art hospitals in safe
communities, people who can’t understand why there is a push for
changing things in the country. And there are people likeSen.
Jim DeMint of South Carolina who thinks that just showing up at the
hospital is a perfectly fine way of receiving healthcare
.No one is speaking loudly enough for the Joaquin Riveras.

I’ve said all along that even under the best case scenario possible, health care still sucks. It’s still massively inconvenient, expensive, and humiliating to get treated for anything, and “just go to the emergency room” is stupid fucking advice even from a moron like DeMint. You get there, and it’s assumed you’re scamming drugs so nobody looks at you in hopes you’ll go away, or it’s three hours and you get paid hourly, or you’re referred to someone else who you then have to call and make another appointment with and honest to God you have dinner to get on the table, etc.

I live in an urban area and I have to tell you, things have to be pretty bad to get me to the emergency room. There are three hospitals within driving distance and the one that doesn’t take our insurance is the only one that doesn’t scare the shit out of me. When I had the flu that escalated into something very scary a few years ago I was in the hospital for eight hours because for the first four, the doctors were somewhat preoccupied with trying to keep a COP WHO’D BEEN SHOT from dying. I’m not quibbling with their priorities, but goddamn, you know? I really think idiots like DeMint need to spend a week hanging out in the closest urban ER just taking frigging notes.


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  1. And speaking from the other side, ERs are even scarier. At times the workload is reasonable and then you have the rush where one person is splitting their attention on 3 people and having to quickly decide which of them need intensive care and which caan go home. Meanwhile, you’re sitting on a person needing the ICU but waiting for a bed.
    Other folks come in with important health matters but need follow up care – all you can do is put on a patch and hope they can get a doc for long-term follow-up.
    You see a parade of medical items that would have been trivial if seen sooner, but have blossomed into extremely serious situations.
    Then add in dealing continuously with people who are naturally overwraught. Those trying to scam a hit. Arguments from the outside that follow the patient and their families in from the outside. Those with emotional problems that could end up being a danger to you and everyone else.
    And according to DeMint, if they have no insurance, you treat them anyway and the corporate hospital is happy to pick up the tab????? (Not like part of your performance review doesn’t include the percentage of fees billed which are paid…)

  2. I am so afraid of the country we’re becoming–I made the mistake of reading some of the comments to the article, where one commenter questioned how long it had been since Riveras had seen his physician and basically implied that he was to blame for having gone to the ER in the first place. If you’re having chest pains on a Saturday night, where else would you go but to the ER? The “I got mine, screw you” attitude that so many people have never ceases to amaze me.

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