Pictured is a young physician by the name of Dr. Roger Starner Jones. His short... two-paragraph letter to the White House accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis"..
It's worth a quick read:
Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.
While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.
Answer by Fistandantalus at 5:09 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
Answer by karamille at 5:09 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
Answer by AmericanaQueen at 5:10 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self
Whether or not this letter is authenticate is one thing. But it brings about a question.... The question is, do people see a growing "culture" of this and if so~ why is THIS mentality trend acceptable?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:11 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
Answer by navywifemomkoch at 5:13 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
The "I can do whatever I want" attitude is what bother me most as a health educator. People don't accept that their health decisions impact society and that society has a right to try and improve their decisions.
Answer by Gailll at 5:20 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
Answer by sherribeare at 5:22 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
I doubt this is real- unless this is one unethical MD- thinking things is one thing, discussing them amongst colleagues something different, but scribing a note to the POTUS and signing your professional name shows a lack of control and self discipline. The place to exercise your concerns is in the voting booth.
I do remember a question to this forum last week from a mom on Medicaid. She and another poster felt they were entitled to that service because they preferred to be SAHMs (one worked PT but refused to increase her hours beyond the school day, because she thought kids in daycare were "a drain on society"). These people were both making good salaries but refused to use their own money to fund their healthy kids' medical needs. Have to wonder about the sense of entitlement that some feel-
Answer by Sisteract at 5:22 PM on Sep. 14, 2010
Next question overall
What do you do when your child acts out in public?