Recent (much more personal) events have made me even less [confident] about our American healthcare system, and after the [Dallas Ebola debacle], methinks there is good reason for us all to become greatly concerned. For we witnessed a complete breakdown in the system, with human error playing a very large part.
You see (hopefully) a man with Ebola from Liberia was treated and released (TWICE!) for the wrong thing, and no one was able to connect the dots until after it was too late. This is the very same system that we are depending upon to correctly diagnose and properly treat our own somewhat mundane conditions in comparison to Ebola, such as various cancers and impending organ failures.
No, not all of the blame should rest at the feet of administrative oversight. Although, I can see where much improvement needs to be made in the distribution and use of now readily available information. For a doctor no longer needs to pour over medical journals in his office to help diagnose a condition when the sum-total of all medical knowledge can be accessed over the internet with the click or two of a mouse, but getting more doctors to do this is a problem.
What is much more of a problem is staffing in the lower ranks. For the vast majority of those under the age of 30 could not care less about any problem not biting them on the buttocks at the time, and among them, far too many have no idea they are actually being bitten.
Yeah, it may very well be that Arlynda is right about me getting older and crankier by the second, but let us take the Dallas Ebola debacle for an example. For the man told the people at the hospital that he had just flown to the area from Liberia, and no one at the admissions desk sounded the alarm.
Another much more personal example to me is the recent “fun” we have been having with our pharmacy. For one of the main reasons why we are with them is that they have a program where all of one’s continuing prescriptions are made possible to be picked up at the same time. This is an extremely valuable service to me since I am the one who fills my wife’s and her mother’s pill boxes each month, and having all of the different medications available when the time comes saves me a lot of extra work. Well, all was going splendidly until the one in charge of their Sync Program decided to go off and have a baby, and this left a blithering idiot to fill her shoes.
Please, I do not mean to sound so mean, but it blew the blithering idiot’s mind that I expected her to call doctors back when they (or their office) were failing to refill a prescription on time, which was resulting in half of the medications being ready. No, I am not kidding a bit about that, and she is a full-fledged pharmacist.
If you still have your doubts, please take the following commercial into consideration. For it was made to primarily appeal to those under 30, and these are the people taking your medical information, checking your vitals, filling your prescriptions and processing the data. Oh, and this is not just in our healthcare system, neither.
Be assured that I know, which goes far beyond merely believing, that our Heavenly Father truly is in full control of all that happens, and that even the apparently really bad things are for His glory and our ultimate good—even if neither one is made manifest anytime soon from our perspective. The thing is, however, that He is not going to ease the overall pressure until enough want to truly have a very close and personal relationship with Him while they can in this world, and the hardness of far too many hearts is indeed exceedingly great.
‘Tis in the absence of any assurances that I will not have to endure much more suffering in this world where all of those exceedingly hard hearts (naturally) make me want to panic. How about yourself? Are you really tough enough to take what is clearly upon the horizon?
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