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Emergency Hospital Care - Health Care Reform needs to Start NOW....

Sunday, February 22, 2009

In his promise to provide health care reform, President Obama wants to make sure that every American has accessibility to health care. Now what does this truly mean? Well for one thing, hospital care would have to be totally re-vamped. Why? Well have you ever had to make a visit to one of the nations Emergency Rooms lately? Well I have, and let me tell you, it can be most unpleasant.
Here you are, in the emergency room because of what you consider an emergency, but reaction by the hospital is that your emergency can wait. Here you sit, and sit and sit.
I had another most repeated experience as I dealt with another visit to the hospital because of the ailing condition of my mother. She is a dialysis patient, and has constant issues with swelling and infections. It turned out to be a most unpleasant experience for her and for my wife and I who took the trip with her.
In an effort to spare my mother a trip in an ambulance, I decided to drive her to the hospital, where we then had to wait 4 hours, from 10:30PM until 2:30AM before she was actually taken in the back to be tended to. That was outrageous, but also just the fact that there were so many people waiting, for hours and hours on end.
The fact is, the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients these days, especially the emergency rooms that cannot handle so many strays of people, some of whom are there just because they don't have insurance and cannot go and see a doctor.
That brings me to my next question. What will the hospitals do now if Obama successfully provides medical care to 'everyone' as he has made another campaign promise to do so. I would hate to have to go to the hospital now in an emergency. Maybe the only way to go to the hospital would be to take the ambulance, as then they would just wheel you into the emergency room and you wouldn't have to wait, or will you? If they are so overcrowded now, maybe at that time, they may not have any hospital beds available.
The sickening thing you see every time you arrive at the hospital, that there are so many people that need 'immediate' attention, and they are waiting for hours before they can see someone. A person with broken bones, to someone who is having a hard time breathing, it makes no difference. You just have to wait, in a room called 'the emergency room' where everything seems to be handed as 'not an emergency'.
To make this long story short, I had to wait 4 hours in the emergency waiting room, then another 4 hours in the emergency room, just to be told that there was not much wrong with my mother, whom had a very apparent swelling in her dialisis access arm, who was screaming of pain just a few hours earlier. We waiting another few hours, as I was now up for nearly 27 hours straight, for her surgeon to take one look at her and tell her that she needed to be admitted.
What the emergency doctor does not know, but he will be know soon, is that I intend to pursue charges against him, along with bringing this very unfortunate experience to light in another blog that I will create. It's new address - HOSPITAL COMPLAINTS.NET will be available for everyone to read very soon. I would ask that anyone who wants to talk about an experience at their hospital, can also share their experience with others on the new website. I encourage people to stand up for what they believe in and express their thoughts on their experiences in hospitals.
My personal schedule if very busy, as I have many obligations at work, along with taking care of my family at home. There seems to be less and less time for me to write this blog.. But I will write when I can, to help everyone keep up with President Obama and the state of this country. In the meantime, I plan to find more time to write in my new blog. I hope that everyone who visits me here will want to visit the new blog soon. It will begin with my experience at the local hospital that I go to, and I'm hoping that it will contain experiences that you may have had in the past and in the present.
In my opinion, health care reform needs to start with reforming what we already have, a system that is broken, outdated, and we should be ashamed to show the world what we are here at home regarding health care facilities and policies that are adhered to at hospitals.
President Obama, now is the time to make another bold move, and truly revamp the medical field, in every aspect, provide health insurance to everyone, or at least provide good emergency care to everyone who seeks it. Let's not make the same ill-fated promises as some of our past Presidents have done.

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