What I didn’t know then……
Does that saying ring a bell (((((?)))))) What many of you don’t know about your intrepid Blogger is that I possess a wealth of medical knowledge. I use to tell interns at Stanford University Medical Center’s O.R. that I was suturing up patients when they were still in the 5th grade.
After the Feds quit paying general surgeons (Appendectomy doctors) to stand across from an Orthopedic Surgeon or GYN surgeon to tie suture and cut nots, and in the latter days, drill tunnels in a patients knee for an ACL repair, Medics from the military became highly sought out precious commodities. We became, (with a little further classroom training) known as surgical first assistants. I’ve worked in such busy surgical centers where I was sowing up patients in my sleep. Since I did nothing but assist, I did my rounds in most disciplines. It made me more desirable. I turned down two scholarships. Actually one scholarship and a verbal offer from a Dean of a medical school saying: “I can get you into ……..”
But as you know, my heart was always meant to be behind a Sennheiser Microphone and in front of a Marshall stack and a Fender amp. Making my gold top guitar scream was my way of reaching Nirvana.
But I’ve probably forgotten more about medicine than the newer medical larva coming out of Medical school can remember. It must be tough for young doctors today. They can thank Obama and uniformed voters for their poor reimbursement rates. I (Like many of my former doctor friends) would leave the field of fixing people because you’re no longer guaranteed a six digit income your first year and a 7 series BMW or Mercedes Benz. In fact it was bad enough under Bush when HMOs popped up. (Health Maintenance Organizations/Kaiser) but now if one graduates from Harvard he might have to be content to work for the Veteran’s Administration.
This is a noble gesture if you’re a true patriot, and there are great surgeons that work “part-time” at V.A. Health Centers. Unfortunately, there are those who hate the fact that they can’t afford their own practice, let alone have to take Obamacare reimbursement as payment. The result is overt self-loathing and it often shows in patient care.
Perhaps I know more than a patient should. Those who voted for Obama deserve these frustrated losers. And a note to veterans: “If you drive a nice vehicle, keep it to yourself”. I have a very nice leather daytimer that I like to use. It has a Porsche Crest Logo on the front. I believe my V.A. doctor saw this and it made him hate me.
He also asked me who did my last surgery and I couldn’t remember my doctor’s last name. I always just called him Sid. I had to ask my wife what Sid’s last name was. This doctor was offended that I addressed my friends by their first names. (I had done hundreds of operations with these doctors I called my friends). An insecure doctor will be the first to tell you that if doctors are not your colleagues, you don’t have a right to address them by their first name. Their first name is “doctor”.
Fucking ass hole.
Hopefully, the communists will be out of Washington in 2016 and a better path to medical care will come to fruition. If I would have been a consultant? I would have said: “Address the problem and don’t tear apart a system you loath”. The problem was 43 million uninsured Americans. Screw the insurance, give them health care.
Set up government clinics for those who don’t have the means to afford insurance. Unfortunately, Obamacare has made 3rd party healthcare insurance untouchable for the middle class. (Someone has to pay for the owners of Obama phones). But the truth is, Obamacare is an attempt to dismantle our medical system in this land of capitalism. Obamacare was a step towards commie-care. Yes the old “Single Payer” system. Just answer me one question you scumbag in the oval office. Why do heads of state in foreign countries come to the United States for things like HEART SURGERY? It’s because when real doctors are making good money, they are inclined to provide great care. When you turn your surgeon into a mail man, people in your health facility will go “postal”. At that point, being called “doctor” is the only difference between you and your Porsche mechanic. (Except my mechanic makes $110.00 an hour). 43 out of 311 million. We could have covered the cost of giving the indigent health care without messing up the Insurance system. But that’s not the communist way. And people, you’re starting to understand why wealthy people come to America for surgery. And why some of the best surgeons are taking their retirement and running with it.
What few excellent surgeons that haven’t closed their practices are over booked. In fact Obamacare is making it impossible to run a medical practice in a normal fashion. I pity the conservative that is tasked with the job of straightening out the ball of wires and cords this idiot in Washington has created. He’s destroyed the American Healthcare system in perfect Saul Alinski/Cloward & Piven fashion.
But 2016 might be too late. I think the U.S. dollar is going to crash in about four months. Then your Obamacare will be worthless as civil unrest will make every city look like Ferguson and Baltimore.