Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Sherry just read me the headlines of our paper back home :
Headline #1 CAROMONT (Hospital) BRINGS MILLIONS INTO GASTON COUNTY
Headline #2: CAROMONT EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLEMENT
Something no one wants to hear if they are awake and in surgery! Not even huh-oh!
I just read that 440,000 people die every year from a hospital's mistake or error in judgment. It scared me, More than likely I will someday go to a hospital. So being a man who trusts to figures, percentages, and other numbers I wanted to know my chances.
I have been told, NOBODY LIKES A BUNCH OF FIGURES! But I am going to give a couple don’t leave me! There are roughly 70,000,000 hospitals admissions a year. 440,000 die due to mistakes in judgment. If I go to the hospital tonight or in the morning, chances of that being me is .63% Less than one percent. I’m okay with that figure, good odds in MY favor.
Now many folk I have read and heard, ones whose opinions I trust, TRUST nurses above doctors. I think it is because they get to know the nurse and she seems to have time to listen, the doctor really doesn’t have time to listen to you, he must get to the next patient.
We now have two excellent nurses in our family, wise ladies. And you know at my age I may need some assistance in living, so Imma try to be good to those ladies.
I heard a sad tale today. A friend whose husband asked for one of those free shots for shingles (I think this was at a Drug Store). He became sick with Shingle type symptoms and other maladies. Before it was thru the cost to the patient was in excess of $1000 for a free shot. Not a good deal, in that case.
I will admit I am not a shot oriented guy. I would say I do not trust them but I don’t think that is it. I dislike meds or chemicals in my good old, relatively pain free body.
I do not recommend NOT taking shots or NOT going to the hospital or NOT seeing a Doctor. (I do recommend going to Opp and seeing Dr. Jean She will treat you right!)
Now let me tell you the strange thing about Hospital error. They make $$’s from the mistakes. How? Insurance, Medicare, medicaid and the patient pay for all the required tests & inpatient time, trying to FIX the error. Most of the time the ERROR PATIENT’s bill is 10-50 times higher than the in/out no problem patient.
Strange isn’t it. Mess up and get paid, sorta like the Government!
Remember if you are very sick, your percentages are still good in the hospital. Their cure rate is GOOD!
NOte: In Key West the Emergency Vehicles are trimmed in Lime Green.