SICK

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/nyregion/chefs-butlers-and-marble-baths-not-your-average-hospital-room.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general

The New York Times Headline catches my eye,
“Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent”,
Something here seems quite incongruent,
When many can’t afford healthcare,
The elite receive more than their share,
There is no logic there to follow,
It’s a very bitter pill to swallow,
Capitalism truly put to the test,
Survival of the fittest and then screw the rest?
What’s at the heart, what makes this system tick?
It’s an odd thing when a healthcare system is sick.

(written in response to the Poetry Picnic Challenge to write something after a NYT headline)

7 thoughts on “SICK

    • Really appalling. I know about jumping queues and that sort of thing, but this is beyond the pale. I mean penthouse suites with butler service in hospitals? Seriously twisted.

    • Thanks for the kind words!
      Coming from Canada I am of course easily shocked by other healthcare systems. Here in Sweden we have to pay a service charge when we go to see the doctor, it’s about 50 dollars Cdn I think, give or take. I was surprised when I found out about it because back in Canada it is illegal. Now I am used to it I’m not bothered anymore,and I can see the safeguards. For instance once you pay 980 kronor a year for doctor’s visits, it is free for the rest of the year. The same with medicine here, once you pay 1800 kronor, your medicine is free for the rest of the year.
      In that way those who are most ill and have to use the system a lot are protected from exorbatant costs, whereas those like me, who are rarely sick, end up having to pay. Fair enough.

English, motherfucker, do you speak it? J/K - it's ok if you don't.

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