victims of the so-called health system in this country, but something
should be done to protect the members and patients of health
organizations from their own arbitrary behavior.
Take, for example, the people working at the front counter at any
health care facility. The majority of the time they treat the arriving
patient like an intrusion or a bother, like they’re doing the patient
a favor by allowing them to interrupt their texting session, filing a
broken nail or talking to a coworker about what they did the night
That is what we have witnessed when taking someone to such a facility
or when we have been forced to visit the place for our own personal
Making appointments to see their doctors is a serious drama for
seniors that have a hard time hearing and a hard time traveling from
one place to another without a companion; and that companion may well
find it difficult to take off work because he has to be there to earn
his paycheck to support himself or his family.
Take for example the task of dealing with medical personnel to
complete tests ordered by a physician at a Sleeping Disorder
Department; they have to make the patient go all the way to the middle
of nowhere to complete the paperwork before being admitted to the test
two days later.
One patient, Robert, who accepted our invitation to speak up as long
as we only use his first name so he could not be identified by the
Senior Dimensions office and be a victim of retaliation, told the Las
Vegas Tribune that he asked for the application to be mailed to him,
but that request was denied.
“They told me that I have to complete the application in person
because the technician has to witness my signature and make sure that
I am giving authorization to film me,” Robert says.
He tried to tell them over the phone that he could complete the
application in the comfort of his home and later sign it in front of
anyone they choose so he would not have to make two trips, because the
new location for the Sleeping Disorder Department is too far for him
to get to since he cannot drive and must depend on others to take him
back and forth.
“They told me that these are the rules, that they make the rules, not
me, and I have to do things their way, like it or not,” Robert says.
When people go to any medical facility, before they ask what brings
the person to their facility, they ask for a photo ID and the
insurance card, and maybe later they ask what brings the person in.
People who work at medical facilities are under the impression that
those who need medical assistance are all charity cases, when in
reality many of these people are either employees with insurance from
their workplace, or union members with a very secure insurance that
covers a lot of the medical attention and many procedures without even
requiring a co-pay.
Others are seniors with Medicare because of their Social Security
status after working for many years to earn that retiree title and
status; they are not charity cases, as some of those receptionists or
front counter employees assume the visitors may be.
Even if they are not in any of the above categories, even if they are
uninsured people, they are humans in need of medical attention and
they need to be treated as human beings with respect and compassion.
We wonder how they are going to treat people when they start showing
up with an “Obamacare” card, if such a card is going to be issued.
Talking to someone we used to know as a doctor who is now called a
health provider, she told us that there is no cure for cancer, no cure
for arthritis, no cure for diabetes, no cure for HIV or any other
illness or disease, so we’re wondering why anyone should visit a
“health provider’s” office and spend money on prescription medications
that can sometimes cost up to hundreds of dollars for one medicine
All those “no cure” statements in front of all those illnesses or
diseases makes one wonder where all the money has gone — the money
that has been collected by several groups and organizations over
perhaps a quarter of a century for research into finding a cure for
any one of them.
Not having found any cures could give the impression that most of the
money might have been used for salaries among directors, managers,
secretaries, secretaries to the secretaries, and various executives
with higher-up connections — leaving little to the researchers for the
finding of the cure.
It could also be that one or another cure is already known, but the
need to keep those people earning their six-figure salaries for a
while longer makes the display of such a cure an obstacle that needs
to remain hidden, for God-only-knows-how-long.
Our whole medical system is sick. Is there a doctor in the house?