Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Compassion Concerning Healthcare

This post is from the Everyday Liturgy blog.

Compassion Concerning Healthcare: "

I went to the doctor yesterday for a routine phsyical. I was in the office for about 45 minutes and overheard two conversations between very stressed out, uninsured individuals trying to walk the desperate line between finances and health.

The first lady was very concerned and hovering over the office manager when I came in. She had had a routine physical and an EKG but was uninsured, so she was setting up an installment plan to pay for the two services. Two routine services.

The second lady called in and spoke with one of the doctors, very upset that her prescription had run out. The doctor said that they had strung out the daily prescription for as long as possible, and that since it had been a year to the date since her last visit she would have to come in and see the doctor. The scenario playing out was that the woman was taking a daily medication for some ailment, but she couldn't come in and incur the cost of all the additional services that would come along with a simple doctor visit (EKG, blood work, etc.).

My heart really went out to these people. It must be such a state of helplessness. I was wondering what I could do, and I thought support health care reform, but that is just kind of business as usual and simply pathetic. We cannot continue to try to legislate Christian action through secular politics.

So what can a Christian do?


1 comment:

Danny said...

Hi Richard!

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Was reading about you and it seems like we have several areas in common. I have lived in Chattanooga my entire life, my brother lives in Huntington and goes to Marshall.

I'll add you to my blog feed, hope to read more from you in the future.