The evil we face.

This is a health care diary, sort of. I was reading this post Stephen of the Thinkery wrote over at Ezra Klein's place and was just appalled by the sheer evil that was displayed.

Thursday - the LAPD received phone calls about a man crawling along the street in the infamous Skid Row, wearing nothing but a dirty hospital gown and a broken colostomy bag. This man is a paraplegic.

What is a man in a hospital gown, a parapalegic nonetheless, doing crawling down a street in Skid Row?

Is he a drug addict that escaped from the hospital, desperate for a fix?

Is he an escaped criminal, someone who was in the hospital on the way to prison and desperately tried to escape?

Not exactly.

Witnesses who said they saw the incident Thursday wrote down a phone number on the van and took down its license-plate number, which helped detectives connect the vehicle to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reported on its Web site.

Police said the incident was a case of “homeless dumping” and were questioning officials from the hospital. “I can’t think of anything colder than that,” said Detective Russ Long. “There was no mission around, no services. It’s the worst area of Skid Row.”

Got that? Hospital dumping of homeless patients.

THAT is what we face. People who think it is okay to dump homeless patients in skid row because they can't afford to pay for health care.

City officials have accused more than a dozen hospitals of dumping patients and criminals on Skid Row. Hospital officials have denied the allegations, but some said they had taken homeless patients to Skid Row service providers.

In 2005, Hollywood Presbyterian was accused of homeless dumping. At the time, a top executive denied the charge, but said Skid Row service providers offered treatment and care for some patients who had nowhere else to go.

So, the HOSPITAL executive said they dropped off homeless onto skid row because they "offered treatment and care" no one else would? Like, say, a hospital?

Here's a thought. If you are homeless, and you walk into a hospital, you should immediately be given Medicaid - how about that. Then, the hospital gets some reimbursement and they don't have to act like inhuman animals that should be thrown in jail for the rest of their natural lives, then plugged into a machine and left there for the rest of their unnatural life as well.

But, that is just a thought.

Comments

The Party of Greed responds:

"Screw that homeless bum. He never worked a day in his life and we don't care if he's insane or paraplegic or just plain lazy, which he probably is, so screw him. Let him open a Health Savings Account like any other good American. Get a job goddamn it. Otherwise, fuck him."

Dear Lord,

This isn't the America I know...

Are these hospital administrators human?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I can assure you some are lower than whale turds

on the bottom of the deepest ocean. The last place my wife worked as a surgical/recovery nurse (an HCA facility...read Bill Frist) the staff was not allowed any break each day except for 30 minutes for lunch and were expected to also do the laundry for the center. I could go on.

If these people treat their employees this way, why would they give a hoot about patient care or humanity in general. By the way...The administrator was a "born again" lady who had religious music played all day and had the walls covered with religious prints.

Stan Bozarth

Compassionate Conservatism in Action

As evidenced by the fact that they obviously stopped the ambulance (becasue it's awfully hard to get someone out of the back when they are in the gurney). Back in the days when hospitals were not-for-profit they took in everyone (that is not to say that shit like this did not happen) and made sure they were well enough to be discharged (at least the hospital my mom worked in prior to working for the state).

I'm so glad I live in a country where the religious right screams everyday about the sanctity of life (except for brown people, poor people (usually synonomous), death row inmates, or someone other than Christian). And how they do not help those who ol' JC himself would hang around with (cripples, lepers, whores, sinners, you know the forgotten people).

Everytime I think my out-rage-o-meter can't go any higher, shit like this happens. It's enough to make you want to kick the shit out of the politicos in every state capital and obviously the cesspool in DC to wake them up to the fact we need UHC. F*ers!

Here's another "Compassionate Conservative" and their take

on all things "liberal"...

-- Why are students not allowed to pray in school or before an athletic event, when both houses of state legislatures and Congress begin each session with a prayer delivered by a man or woman of the cloth?....-- With more than 10 million illegal immigrants in our country, should we continue to recognize a child born to illegal immigrants as a citizen?

The cost of providing basic citizens' benefits (i.e. education and health care) to them is already staggering. (A report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform stated that California's K-12 education system spends $7.7 billion a year on children of illegal aliens.) Have legislators forgotten the meaning of the word "illegal"?...-- Should taxi drivers be able to refuse fares because passengers have articles forbidden by their religion when these same articles are acceptable in our culture? What will come next?

Tolerating this practice will only tend to encourage and expand such exclusionary behavior.

Isn't it amazing that they recognize "Exclusionary behavior" in some but don't see it in themselves?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Norma is a raving lunatic.

I don't know how you stand being bombarded by so many Greeders.

I get the Febru-Wearies too A

I find refuge at BlueNC tho, and take comfort in the knowledge that Moore County although very red is surrounded by BLUE, BLUE, BLUE!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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