More on Healthcare

I’ve just learned that when you enter the hospital, at least in Illinois, one of the forms you receive is for when you feel you’re being released too soon. You must fill this out before you get released. Then you have a chance at staying.

As I wrote, my aunt was released last Saturday and went to a poor-quality rehab center. On Monday she was readmitted to the hospital with a cracked rib. None of us know the story on that. Then we heard that she’d have a procedure done for her back on Tuesday. I went to the hospital Monday and she wasn’t in her room. She was getting the procedure done. That was rather worrying because:

  1. No one explained to the family what the procedure was or
  2. Why it was being done so fast

I was willing to wait, but if it was going to be hours, I’d come back later. Because of HIPPA, the US rules on privacy, the nurse couldn’t tell me when the procedure began or estimate how long it would take. She couldn’t answer specific questions, which was frustrating and no doubt an unintended consequence of a policy. Finally, I found she could answer, “If you were me, would you wait here?” She said no. Since my aunt was fine when I saw her yesterday, I’m satisfied. However, I also realize from talking to friends whose near and dear ones have been hospitalized, that the doctors and nurses are okay with people not visiting. The fewer witnesses the better? For them, that is.

She had a treatment where they drill holes in your back and insert a substance “like cement” to decompress the vertebrae. She said she felt better and the doctor said she wouldn’t call it surgery, as it’s not that bad. Still I’m shocked that they wanted to release my aunt yesterday, less than 24 hours after getting her back drilled into. What is wrong with American health professionals? Luckily, the new rehab center couldn’t take her till today. I just learned about this form so perhaps she can stay longer.

I really have decided I’d rather take my chances with the healthcare overseas. Not somewhere where they steal your organs of course, but somewhere where they don’t kick you out of the hospital so fast because, they want better productivity. (They can’t make money from people who’re just resting and not getting lots of tests and procedures.)


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chava61
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 14:57:52

    The healthcare system in the USA is a business for making money. I am sorry to hear about your aunt’s situation. I wish her well and for you to stay healthy!



    • smkelly8
      Jan 23, 2015 @ 12:54:29

      Many thanks, Eva. I agree that our culture overvalues money and that thinking has infected our healthcare system. I’m going to visit her this afternoon. She’s in a different rehab, still for-profit. Yet they just want to let her stay a couple weeks. I’d rather see her able to stay till she’s fully restored. If she can, I think she can live in her own apartment with some part time care. Yet, assisted living is favored by some people. I don’t think that’s needed at this stage.

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  2. coastalcrone
    Jan 23, 2015 @ 14:44:04

    It is good to hear that your aunt has been moved to another facility. Unfortunately, care is not the same everywhere. It sounds as if she is in some type of managed care plan and those tend to pinch pennies and care. I do favor the concept of older people living at home with some assistance rather than in a home. She is fortunate to have you to visit her and look out for her needs!



    • smkelly8
      Jan 25, 2015 @ 17:32:33

      I pray she can get stronger and move back home. This is a short term facility. Like you, I prefer the idea of older people or those who need more care, living at home. I don’t like this American system of outsourcing care and homemaking.



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