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Re: If only THE GOVERNMENT could take over health care
« Reply #50 on: January 06, 2009, 02:33:44 pm »

One of the better results of The .Gov taking over the total care of folks is the loss of generational knowledge. Can't call Grandma for advice on how to take care of the babies fever anymore as Granny never learned. She just took the kids to the ER. Why bother, it's FREE!! All this behavior is passed on to each generation and more knowledge is lost.

Think there might be an effect on motivation, responsibility and initiative too?

First of all, you have to actually convince somebody to actually buy a thermometer. Convincing some folks to spend a red cent of their own money on their or their child's health care in any way, shape, form, or fashion is an uphill battle to start with.

Then you have to convince them to learn how to take a temperature. The fact that several different people have shown them how doesn't mean they've learned.

Then you have to get them to understand what constitutes a fever. And that 99 degrees doesn't. And that the age of the child matters, as does how many layers of clothing/covers the kid is covered in, and so forth.

The next step might be to call the phone number for their health care provider. Most everybody has someone on call who can give advice, even at 3 o'clock in the morning.

If they have something like Tylenol or Motrin on hand, in an appropriate dose, you've really hit the jackpot!

As you can see, I can join you in your rant really easily. If we haven't worked in the same places, we've worked in their first cousins.

I've spent a tremendous amount of time and energy over the last thirteen years or so attempting to educate people about taking care of themselves and their children. Sometimes I wonder if anybody anywhere ever listened to a word I said and ever learned anything. It's beyond frustrating.

You are absolutely right about the working knowledge thing, and there are plenty of us out here with lots of it. We know how things really work, and we know about unintended consequences of things like EMTALA, which means that anyone can wander in to an ER for anything and can't be turned away. The problem is, when the government gets ready to set up this wonderful system, we're the last people they'll want to talk to.

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    Re: If only THE GOVERNMENT could take over health care
    « Reply #51 on: January 10, 2009, 01:07:17 am »
    Thanks. That was my point. The statement was indefensible.

    Actually, I was kind of hoping you would be good enough to provide the counter-example.

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