I don’t know. I really have trouble being upset about this. Our healthcare system is a market system. It’s designed to make money, not to provide a service. Healthcare isn’t provided; it’s sold. The only reason they “provide” emergency services is because they have to in order to receive payments from Medicare (which is why there are private hospitals that don’t accept Medicare).
This is a market driven system. In fact we could make it a better market driven system by requiring everyone who shows up with covid related complications make an advanced payment. If they can’t, then they get turned away. And the hospitals would have plenty of room. This is the system we have and continue to chose.
This is what we want, this is what we get.
Some people, always the sickest amongst us, already know this about our healthcare system because we’ve sought complex care outside of the ER and walked into a pay-up-or-get-out scenario.
I’m numb to this. I’ve accepted that we don’t care enough about each other to provide healthcare services. We’d rather sell them as a for-profit product.
That’s we want.
And it’s what we get.