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reply to fruhead
Re: Best way to complain about a Hospital?
said by fruhead:This.
If the hospital in question is overworked or overcrowded, they may need to build an addition onto the facility which may block someone's view of the ocean.
"And Tehuno said let there be haste, not mp5, and there was haste. All creatures of the world rejoiced." -WotLK Ch. 3.3.2
reply to NYR 56
said by NYR 56:Well, I did a little research (which I had been steadfastly trying to avoid doing) and it looks like $10,000 per student is an accurate round number for around here, too. Although there seems to be some consensus that we could probably do the job for maybe $7,500 or so, as it looks like some cuts may be coming, like it or not. That is, as long we can live without "unnecessary" educational expenses like music and art and computers and teaching assistants and library books and PE equipment, and maybe some of the buses and some of the heating/cooling and most of the school lunches, and so on and so on.
That is one of the best posts I've read here in a while, John K.
Scross, you seem to have ignored his main point. You keep saying it's a bargain, while the reality is many people who don't directly use the service are paying. That isn't inherently bad, but that doesn't make it a bargain either. Over here, public schools spend over $10,000 per pupil. I can't comment how much the private schools cost, but you keep throwing around the "10x better" comment. It is very likely that the public schools spend just as much as the private schools, but use 10x more people's money. That's no bargain in my book, unless you are extremely short-sighted.
I could continue to argue my points, but instead just consider this: what would you do if they had to shut down the public schools, or the police department, or the fire department, or the sanitation department, or any number of other departments, and maybe all of them, all at once? Don't laugh, because I've lived in this area for 35 years now and at one time or another we've lost all or part of these public services, sometimes several at once, either through temporary cutbacks or furloughs or strikes or whatever. And let me tell you right now, it wasn't pretty.
And how would you like to call 911, and after talking to "Bob" in Bangalore, who spent several minutes just trying to determine your address and the exact nature of your emergency, and after running through an extensive script in order to determine whether you were worth the time and expense of an actual call-out, finishes the conversation by telling you that someone will be out within the next 24 hours (maybe), and let's you know that they will only take cash, credit, or debit (no checks) - because that's the way the private sector would handle things, if they could get away with it.
Places which lack reliable and adequately-funded public services are generally known as "third-world"; their neighborhoods are called "slums" and "shanty towns", or often more accurately, "hell holes". Quality private services are almost always available, of course, but usually only to the mostly wealthy of the population.
reply to billydunwood
The heading has been covered and apparently we are moving on to general social opinions...
First, the idiot remarks "Sue them" -That five minutes of TV court is definitely NOT the same thing in reality, to me it's an extremely immature response that makes the user feel a powerful and a direct unquestionable answer has been provided, sorry, less of those remarks would leave room for discussion.
Moving on, I have worked in hospitals since 1976, most as a critical care nurse and not just here (USA) and over time I have learned to appreciate several declining facets of life (In order):
• Rather than a socially expected Right, both from tax paying citizens and insurance burdens, there is an unempthetic business like approach to the most personal need one can imagine, in their life, illness.
• Over time I have seen just how bare bones hospitals can run, every year since 1976 I have heard "We are having a budget problem;" No matter the locality, but it seems expertize in actually managing a budget is severely lacking and there are too many hands doing what a pair could do, thus confusing what a budget is.
• From my experience it seems the external building funds are generally endless, but the least likely expenditure will be staffing, guaranteed!
• End of life, as people become culturally more inclined to expect to live forever, they want everything possible done; people are learning to fear death. In the old days the elderly were at peace in their latter years, that's not so common anymore. Right or wrong for whatever reason, this will be a continuing trend.
• I have also witnessed a move from administrators over the years that indicate the purpose of their job is to personally [For themselves] squeeze everything they can from it, which tends to throw up serious red flags regards ethics, humanitarian concepts and common sense; seems like a hospitals are now much closer to running like Congress/politicians or an introverted ponsy scheme.
• Anybody working in a hospital, won't get much consideration or remuneration unless they can drive a train of funding, for the hospital. Generally it's stable work with shift preferences abound, but nobody except administrators are going to "Well off"; many working in hospitals know that, but generally appreciate the ability to help others, as a priority to working. There are always exceptions in any endeavor.
• The system is broken and has been for awhile. There are far too many people capitalizing off illness, who are not in fact even close to a bedside.
I like to be involved and don't feel good at the end of the day unless I feel I either made a difference each day or effected an outcome with positive results, many don't know what that means or care. On the other hand patients by shear weight of numbers can be very demanding, even hostile if they don't get "Maid" service with a finger snap within six seconds, fortunately these types are less than the majority ~At the moment, the pressure is building as staff shortages increase...And they will.
There does need to be more emphasis on the humanity of caring for illness, and an appreciation that it's not a six star hotel. Solve these two and it will start change. It won't take care of administrators who are inwardly not committed past their own obsession with themselves, there will be "Talk the talk" but not "Walk the Walk -For those that don't get i,t it means talking correctly placed thoughts, does not transcend into actually doing it and often don't.