May 5, 2008 by Marj Hatzell
Wanna know what scares the H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICKS outta me?
Scary, but I admire them for taking the question on. I’m remembering the horrible legal battle that the director of a nursing home in New Orleans went through after Katrina — I think getting everyone on the same page for disaster preparedness is really crucial.
I think the reality is in a real crisis, these decisions would be made without the policy in place.
The point about the nursing home in New Orleans…I still don’t know totally what to think about that situation. Lots of blame to spread around there.
Welcome to healthcare in America! All of American healthcare is fixed and in limited supply. The insurance companies usually sort it out for physicians, but sometimes, even the world of Corp America cannot do it.
This is why universal healthcare makes sense. At least the public knows the rules and everyone gets a fair shot at a limited number of supplies. Otherwise, all we have now is the rich and the elite getting the cream of the crop while the rest are duped into thinking they have a fair chance.
I think what disturbs me the most is the fact that my own beautiful, happy, loving child will be on the list to reject. In fact, he IS on the list “not to treat” due to his severe medical impairments. Fair or not fair? No easy answers to this one. In one respect I think it is responsible to have a plan in place so that doctors know what to do under duress. But I have to say: In our current political climate we are resorting to that archaic notion of Eugenics. That’s what it is under the fluffy wrap known as “what to do in a pandemic.” They’ll save the well-educated, healthy, wealthy individuals and get rid of the undesirable, the lower-class, the disabled, etc. Sounds familiar? They did this about sixty-odd years ago in a little European country that starts with G. Perhaps I am blowing it out of proportion (PMS and all that) but everything I read about medical technology, genetic testing, eradicating certain diseases tells me otherwise.
I’ll get off my soapbox now.
Ack! That is scary!
It looks “good” on paper, but I really don’t think doctors would follow it in real life. I just can’t imagine there is that many people that could purposely leave others to die.
Yikes. Yeah, Eugenics made a lot of sense to a lot of people. Especially in the KKK. It’s an impossible situation, really. Thanks for the anxiety!
If there is ever a real crisis where choices are made, it will be based on money. Money is the root of all evil and that’s what this would be.
That’s how we deliver health care now…money=insurance=better care, more choices.
For example, what’s the point of free health screening for the poor if there are no free or affordable treatments available that you don’t have to go looking for and begging for when you need them?
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