First of all, let me apologize ahead of time for the picture at the bottom of this post. I do believe in God & Jesus, but I’m not very religious. This picture, however, pretty much embodies the message I’m trying to get across. Doctors (Jesus) are supposed to be caring individuals about their patients. So, again, sorry if it offends anyone.
Now….I don’t know if this is just in the state of Ohio, or if this is nation wide, but apparently if you don’t have health insurance, pain management doctors will not help you. Hell, even general MDs won’t help with pain management. Trying to find a pain management doctor for my back pain is going nowhere. I’m running into a brick wall every time. I have no isnurance. All I hear is “No, sorry. We don’t take self pay patients.” Apparently they tack the Hippocratic Oath on their wall & forget about it.
HIPPOCRATIC OATH: MODERN VERSION
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
—Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University, and used in many medical schools today.
So, I guess what that means is someone without health insurance isn’t a human being, & doesn’t deserve to get the same health care that someone who is LUCKY enough to have insurance can get.