Friday, January 29, 2010

Health Care Crisis?

Below is a letter written by a young physician by the name of Dr. Starner Jones. His short two-paragraph letter to the editor of his newspaper in Jackson , Mississippi 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 costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.
And, you and our Congress expect me 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 oneself, or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want, 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.



I saw this exact same thing with the students at the high school where I taught math. They couldn’t afford a calculator and the school bought them breakfast and lunch each day but they still all had cell phones, ipods and bought sodas and candy bars every day.

1 comment:

Heather said...

That article is fabulous. And yes, those kids at the high school had everything except what they needed to succeed in school! Perhaps one day the "culture crisis" will end and our country will improve!