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View Of A Young Doctor: Dr. Starner Jones

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

 A reader sent this note to me with a request to pass it on. The note hits the nail on the head.

 Dr. Starner Jones is an intern in a large community hospital.

 As a young physician he understands the folly of America’s entitlement society.

His short two-paragraph letter to President Obama accurately puts the blame for America’s dysfunctional healthcare system and its accelerated unsustainability on our  "Culture Crisis." Our country has a "Health Care Crisis" as a result of its "Cultural Crisis".

He presents the crisis, its diagnosis, prognosis and cure in just three (3) short paragraphs.

If you doubt any part of what Dr. Jones says, go visit your local hospital emergency room as an observer for an hour or so some Friday or Saturday night. Then see how many responsible people you can send his solution to for them to send it on. 

 “Dear Mr. President:

During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ring tone.

While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! (A Completely Free Healthcare Program provided by our Government) During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.

And you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care?

 I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture", a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me."

Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.


 If you agree…pass it on to responsible friends. 

There are additional reasons for America’s “healthcare crisis.” However, as long as we elect local, state and federal politicians who believe that all of society must be responsible for the welfare of the irresponsible members of society, America’s unsustainable economic situation will become worse.

Someone told me America is the greatest economic machine in the world “only because we print more money and suck less.”

 The more people receiving the benefits of the inefficient redistribution of wealth through entitlement programs the harder it will become to reinvigorate the American dream.

America is working its way toward a totally socialist society where the government supports us and tells us what to do and where and when to do it.

We will wake up one day and ask what happened to the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The answer is we gave them away to power hungry politicians who want to control us.

France just dropped its 75% tax rate because its society was economically unsustainable no matter how high its tax rate and the economy is collapsing.

France has had a "Culture Crisis "that is causing its social and economic collapse. The country finally realizes the people must have incentives to be creative. Progress does not happen as a result of entitlement and the redistribution of wealth.

The British National Health Service is in grave financial difficulty. 

 The NHS is in danger of being shut down.

"It’s a period of unprecedented pressure, of undue pressure. the NHS is facing very difficult times, yes. The word "crisis" implies that you can’t deal with it."

"A Department of Health spokesman said: "In common with healthcare systems around the world, the NHS is facing unprecedented demand, but undermining the principle of services being free at the point of use is not the answer."

I think rather than repeating the same mistakes over and over again, someone would learn something about fixing the “Culture Crisis”.

 As other countries are trying to fix their “Culture Crisis”, President Obama is going in the other direction and accelerating the road to economic failure.

Jack P, Athens wrote the following comment in,  

“Socialism always brings a good laugh when it collapses as the politicians raise taxes to cover their mistakes.”

President Obama is destroying the healthcare system with Obamacare.

I would try to fix America’s “Culture (entitlement) Crisis” by helping people become responsible and act independently. I would not increase policies that promote individual dependency on the government.

Somehow Americans have to wake up as a people and try to stop the government from following this path.

 The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone

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