This past week I got a bone scan and had a chat with the lady who deals with people who do not have insurance. She was remarkably cheerful considering she has to present the bill. The pugnacious part of her job is not the increase in patients without insurance, but those who assume that as an employee she gets her medical care for free. She doesn’t, but it got me thinking, and I believe I now know who is to blame for this “plight” business.
Not the physicians and surgeons, not the hospitals and insurers — though they have their share of blackguards.
The problem is us — the patients. We don’t have the good sense not to get sick, get clipped by a passing car or have body parts malfunction because of age. We’re the ones who keep the doctors so busy their handicaps are as high as a pachyderm’s eye. We’re the ones in those hospital beds, all pale and fevered. We’re the ones going through swine flu vaccine like guano through a gosling.
My elucidation to the uninsured is this. Don’t get sick, injured or old. And avoid politicians who are working on it. They spread plight.
Jim Osterman lives in Sandy Springs. Reach him at email@example.com