Health SCARE Plan
Don’t worry South Floridians!
You don’t have to wait for Congress to pass legislation giving the legal okeedokee to prematurely deep six Nanny Myrt — Sunshine State ‘health officials’ are ON it!
Whole and entire months before FOX news began pushing the nation’s the collective panic button by erroneously – if not convincingly – tolling the death panel knell, Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros was dotting the final i’s and crossing the last few t’s on a plan that would actually put some push to the fabled death panel proposal.
Ros’ plan recommends that hospitals overrun with flu cases give the proverbial ‘hand’ to the helpless and bar bitches with ‘incurable cancer, end-state multiple sclerosis’ and certain ‘other’ diseases from coming in and getting their treatment on.
::: Hippocratic hypocrisy!! :::
The plan — which is aimed at helping Florida hospitals navigate the wicked waters of actual megabig full-on pandemic pandemonium — also calls for doctors to remove patients with poor prognoses from ventilators to treat those who have better chances of surviving.
::: Kevorkian FAIL :::
Oh but don’t worry, sufferers!
The plan does allow hospital folks — IF NEEDED — to give your sick sorry ass ‘palliative care’ to keep you comfortable.
And by ‘palliative care’ they mean ‘shit to keep you quiet’.
And by ‘keep you comfortable’ they mean, ‘while you wait to die strapped to a gurney in a corner of the lobby’.
See?! They’re not going to totally abandon the sick and helpless!
::: at least not those with insurance 😉 :::
But the best part?
Florida’s not alone!
YAY – company!!
With swi, err, H1N1 wreaking havoc on health wards nationwide, hospital heads from here to there are behind the 8-ball as they try to figure out just how to handle the flood of patients a truly heinous flu pandemic, like the one that gripped the nation in 1918, would unleash.
What to do? What to DOOOOOO?!?
Ya, I guess everyone was just waaaayyyy too busy for the last NINETY-ONE FUCKING YEARS to worry about another inevitable pandemic, so playing catch-up with actual lives on the line’s just a slice of OK, right? Right?
::: ugh :::
And how does ‘the plan’ play out?
Well, when Utah tested a similar method out against reality in a drill a few months back, the results revealed some uh-oh’s, a few oh shit’s, and more than the requisite number of mmm-hmmm’s found in typical health care policies.
For example, Utah family physician Pete DeWeerd had to tell the mother of a mock patient that her 7-year-old daughter, who had cerebral palsy and was suffering from the flu, would be turned away from the hospital and likely die.
::: uh-oh :::
“I don’t like to tell you this,” he said he told her. “It feels unfair, but our list is our list is our list.”
::: oh shit :::
He added, “It was awful. You get a huge lump in your throat.”
::: mmm-hmmm :::
Infectious-disease physician Tom Kurrus said the public at large is largely uninformed of ‘test’ triage policies.
“Even with the scenarios played out and the discussions entertained, they still don’t understand,” he said. “It’s, ‘Why can’t I get into the hospital? Why can’t Grandma get put on a respirator?'”
S’cool. I get it. I’m down.
But I do have a teensy-weensy smidge of a budding problem with the Florida plan’s provisions to “reduce or eliminate” the legal liability of health care workers who, ‘in good faith’, deny or withdraw treatment from patients in an emergency.
In good faith?
In whose judgment?
The nurse? The patient? The guy outside in the hallway hacking flu cooties all over the place because he doesn’t have my/your bed?
In good faith – you know, like ICU personnel reassessing the viability of anyone on a ventilator every 48-72 hours [LET’S GET A MOVE ON PEOPLE! THESE PATIENTS ARE STACKING UP LIKE LEFTOVER DISHES AT THE ALL-NIGHT DINER!!!] …
or like stopping medical treatment or outright discharging anyone who’s condition has taken a turn for the worse [CHECK PLEASE!] …
to make room for the ‘not so worse’ [TABLE FOR ONE? RIGHT THIS WAY!].
Yeah, Nanny Myrt’s gonna need to have really good faith to make it through that!
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