Fun

DB4D6A00-D38C-4FE0-8EAD-CB2283C2423F“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Fun
As a physician, I am disappointed that our profession has become a victim of bureaucracy, over regulation and political correctness. When I began my medical career, the hours were extremely long and the medical care as inherently stressful as ever; but, we were allowed to take care of patients in an efficient manner, and, at the same time, we could have a fun work environment. Now, every step along the way, we are confronted with stifling rules and regulations, denials and complaints and roadblocks and harassment. The fun has been “outlawed”. I believe we have to turn our healthcare system around in a way that makes it desirably fun. To have great healthcare, we need joyful caregivers.

Healthcare Reform

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Today I read an article about how the high cost of our healthcare relative to other countries primarily results from the higher cost of pharmaceuticals, insurance companies and administrations. Certainly I feel validated in my long-standing beliefs. But the complexities of our system, considering the expectations and entitlements coupled with liability fears, make solutions seemingly impossible. Earlier this week, one patient who was prominent in the community, expected special treatment because of his social status. Another patient who is totally noncompliant with medical advice expected special treatment because of his sense of entitlement. Adding to the problem, the medical system has prioritized patient satisfaction over quality and allows patients to make poor decisions with little resistance from the physician because of the fear of low patient satisfaction survey scores, which adversely affect reimbursement. Many of us physicians with great ideas are squelched because we represent good patient care over this bureaucracy; and, in case there is any question, WE are not in charge anymore.

Naivety

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Naivety is having or showing a lack of experience or understanding. This definition of the word came to mind as I read my medical “news” today. Medicare is preparing to “improve patient care” by implementing a new reimbursement plan that will cut their payments for healthcare providers. Sadly enough, most people won’t question such a “noble cause.” Perhaps we can improve other entities using this same philosophy. I suggest we start with the federal government and cut their salaries to improve their work—how can they argue with their own rationale?? Sorry, I am being naive.

Work Ethic

FB0E093E-E883-4A8E-BCEE-D0C6BAE0F643“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Work Ethic

Growing up on a farm taught me the value of hard work, the satisfaction of earning my own living. What disturbs me most and what I see as the main issue in our country is the lack of a work ethic. Our society seems to think that people are owed (entitled) a living. Being created equal with equal rights does not mean that everyone has the same outcome no matter what one does. Personally, I am offended that I work hard and am forced to pay for other people to do nothing, because they have chosen to take advantage of our government programs, which have become far too bureaucratic and ridiculous. So much bad behavior has been rewarded for so long that bad behavior prevails and the incentives for good behavior have diminished. Common sense (also not appreciated and becoming rare) should tell our society that people have to do their part or else everything deteriorates.