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 "Medic...aid"! During my examination of her,
the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of
cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and
[Am I] expected to pay for this woman's health care?
I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a
shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, 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 or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.
It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do
whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me".
Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and
dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care
difficulties will disappear.