Just when I thought I couldn’t get more disappointed by the healthcare system in the US, I set foot in a so called “Patient First”. I just needed a very simple injection that doesn’t have side-effects & I’ve gotten before, prescribed by a doctor for a very real health issue. Something I was told yesterday on the phone wouldn’t be a problem.
After making me wait 1h in the most depressing patient room I’ve seen in a long time, a “doctor” came back to tell me they couldn’t do it for me because he couldn’t enter the act in the computer. And that after calling their corporate HQ he was told that it was against their regulations anyway. Also mumbled something about legal issues.
I summoned my pretty crumbled self-control to explain calmly that I thought that doctors usually took an oath stipulating that they would do everything in their power to help patients & that everything was legal & in order in my case.
Remember the Declaration of Geneva?
I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
First consideration, not third, not after corporate regulations & legal excuses.
The blank stare devoid of all humanity I received in return made me realize I would be better off explaining my situation to a robot with a white coat.
I’m not afraid of the rise of the machines anymore.
They have already won.
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