Recently my friend went to the Emergency Room (instead of the now closed Urgent Care) for a sore throat that seemed to get worse. I bet just having to go into "emergency" mode has psychological implications. Nonetheless, the experience she had is a testament to this sick-care system.
Leaving for the ER around 10 AM, she did not return home until 4 PM. In the waiting room she noticed somebody with flu-like symptoms outside smoking cigarettes and drinking a Monster soda, I am hesitant to call it an energy drink since I think the term is a load of crap. Unhealthy moronic monsters like this are clogging up the sick-care industry. If there were more healthy people then maybe we would have a health care system. Profits are the reason-to-be for corporations, thus the more poor sick bastards in existence the more profits will soar.
Back to my friend, she was tested for strep throat, via throat swab, which came back negative. Sometimes the test results are wrong. Instead of the usual tactic of throwing-a-slew-of-antibiotics at whatever it was, she was given a prescription strength 4% Lidocaine gargle to numb the pain and let the infection or virus run its course. If it got worse they recommended she return.
Getting that soothing gargle was not easy. She went to a Walgreens nearby where unfortunately the pharmacist was on a lunch break from 1:30 to 2 pm. Arriving at about 1:45 she killed time wandering the store until at nearly quarter past 2 she was told they did not have the 4% only the 2% Lidocaine, which would take at least half an hour to get it in. She asked for her prescription back and the pharma-cyst asked her incomprehensibly, "Don't you have some shopping to do?" The so-called pharmacy sells pretty much unhealthy products processed and carcinogenic. This potential shopper buys organic and eats vegan so there really isn't much they could do for her asides the medicine she needed. Though buying cheap crap reliant on sweatshops and poisoning the environment in China would be good for Walgreens financial health.
After she was thoroughly exasperated and resigned to just dealing with the pain of a sore throat, she stopped in a nearby CVS that could fill her prescription. hey also had a lunch break and it took an hour there to get the medicine.
The doctor gave her a note to have the night off of work from a smoke-filled casino. She ended playing that card since at the end of it she hadn't eaten nor had enough time to get ready for work. Nearly a quarter of a day to just know she doesn't have strep throat and expose herself to all the sick folks that want to see the few doctors available.
Meanwhile, sheeple student hordes will flock to degrees in medicine, but mostly hospital administration to handle the ever increasing hordes of paperwork medical professionals are legally bound to do, forcing many doctors into retirement. Most so-called research in scientific fields is funded by grants from corporate sponsors, university medical programs flooded with corporate funding and the FDA (occupied by the revolving door dynamic of drug industry douchebags....).
Since this whole construct of medicine has been hijacked by special, as in retarded, interests, it will never cure or solve anything. That is like a restaurant wanting to eradicate hunger, it doesn't make sense to business profiteers. Point is we do not need to "occupy" but displace the medi-kill sector with something noble and uncorrupted. Something not driven by cutting people open or prescription dangers and dependence on doctors. Healthcare, rather than the sick-care we have today. Just going into a hospital can kill you with iatrogenic illness, one of the leading causes of death nowadays, dying from mistakes or super-infections that evolve in the not-so-sterile corridors of the ill. No wonder insurance is a bitch. Especially since the healthy are penalized as a result and administrative costs on the rise.
What really pisses me off is the unhealthy existence rubber-stamped and not questioned. So much illness is basically a hodgepodge of poor indoor and outdoor air quality, crap food and drink, lack of exercise, stress, toxic products and laziness. Until these factors are addressed the problems with human health will exponentially increase. Meanwhile scientific findings are altered in monitoring environmental health to protect big business and undermine the protective responsibility of government bureaucracy.
While illness increases medical emergencies continue to be a leading cause of bankruptcy. If you are not seen as worth the cost or effort you could be one of 130,000 poor elderly souls death-sentenced by the UK annually. Recent healthcare requirements amount to a bailout for the insurance industry and does not deal with preventative care, or skyrocketing costs. In a recent article on outrageous hospital costs charging $500 per stitch for exaple:
Glenn Melnick, a professor of health economics at the University of Southern California. “How do hospitals set prices? They set prices to maximize revenue, and they raise prices as much as they can — all the research supports that.”
This type of system is a guilty of default malpractice so long as it is financially exploitative, refuses to recognize causative relationships in the interwoven corporate hierarchy of corruption-pollution, and the war on drugs persists which blocks effective competition to the medi-kill system. Take care of yourself for your sake and us all...