I had dinner at a friends house last night, at one of the missions to the United Nations. Turns out the whole Heme/Onc fellowship and more were there from a hospital in NYC. I do not want to tell you the country, so my story does not seem about a particular group.
I ask “What do you think of what is going on in healthcare reform?”
“Those people do not work, why should they get insurance?”
“They are bums!!! I do not want my tax dollars supporting them”
“Socialized medicine is bad!! It is a failure in every country it is used”
“Why should we help them? Let them get a job and make money and pay for it themselves”
Most of these people are doctors. they are all immigrants. My tax dollars pay for their fellowships.
I am extremely angry upset and angry. I expect better. Here are people who will all be very comfortable. The decision for healthcare reform will take NOTHING from them, but they have bought a line of crap from some third party.
All objective measures show BETTER medicine in the countries that guarantee insurance in Europe .
Again, the basic issue: Is healthcare a right or a privilege?
Last night’s event was VERY useful for me. It convinced me that some people, even the ones you expect to care about sick people: the doctors, only care about any possible RISK to their own paycheck.
It is not even a fact, it is just a ‘fear” and yet it brought out the very worst in human beings.
I was embarrassed that half of them were former students.
Tags: Duty to serve all