Monday, July 28, 2008
Ya get what you pay for (sort of)
One of the things that I love about my job is I get to take care of anybody regardless of their ability to pay. I can't help but wonder though what that effect is on society as a whole. For example, right now about 20% of the patients in the trauma unit are illeagals. Their care is being paid for by funds from citizens with insurance and from the hospital with a portion of federal funds. So, in a sense we are all paying for their care. I know that in the large scheme of things that this money has to come from somewhere and that we all are in some way paying the bill. It is easier to just do the medicine and not worry about the bigger picture!