Daily Prompt: Right to Health: Words From a Caregiver

 

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How do you decide

How to fix a crisis

A problem so large

With so many wounds?

How do you choose?

Who is to pay?

When solutions to pain and suffering

Ethically,

Should have no barrier such as cost.

But cost remains and so we debate.

How do you decide?

About the pain

Before the ambulance ride

And the ER visit

And the workup

Only to realize,

Dollars and dollars and dollars later

The pain is only heartburn

And not a heart attack?

We discharge you,

And wish you a nice life.

You don’t have insurance?

Oh well.

We will get the money somewhere.

At least you are still alive.

We

Pour drugs and perform tests

Into those who don’t care

And will go home

To abuse their bodies again

And then return.

We

pour drugs and perform tests

Into those who do care

Who care deeply

Who will go home

Do everything we said

And still return.

We provide because we must

We are obligated

Because all life has worth

We have to care for the sick,

Even those who don’t care about themselves.

To not care would be barbaric

But still someone has to pay.

We see them all

Every day

Those with insurance

Those without

Those that pay

And those that don’t

Those with government programs

Those with private.

None of the above

Can pay for it all

You come in bleeding

And we wrap you up

Give you drugs

Give you blood

Give you supplies

Being sick is expensive.

But we’ll get you better

No matter the cost.

All I can say is

Maybe someday we will find

How we can make

Care for all

Meet cost affordable.

I don’t even know if it’s possible.

But as long as there is healthcare

If you come to us sick

We will find bandages

We promise to help you

And somehow

We will try healing

A few wounds at a time.

We’ll try to avoid

Thinking of the cost

And when we discharge you

We will say

Have a wonderful life

And mean it.

Even if we know

We might see you again.

Daily Prompt: Right to Health

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2 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Right to Health: Words From a Caregiver

  1. I expect it is easy to get cynical, but at least you are in a job you know is genuinely helping many people. Better than selling things nobody needs. In my experience, the kindness shown by nurses is a big part of the treatment – in my experience, human kindness in general can do a great deal of good. If the person on the receiving end seems not to care, it is possibly because they are not usually treated so kindly. Thank you x

    • Thank you for your comment. I do agree that at times the person on the receiving end is not treated kindly. I wish that we in healthcare could put aside certain differences and just treat a person as someone sick needing to get well…but that is hard to do in all circumstances. If we as a whole treated everyone as if money or class or politics were not an issue that would be nice. But of course that is impossible as money and class and politics ARE real issues-so my solution I guess is to not think so globally and to treat one person at a time. It is all that I can do. 🙂

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