I am FIRED up.
I just received an e-mail from a friend of mine with the following letter from Dr. Starner Jones that according to Snopes is real and has been published several times:
What if I went to the ER where Dr. Jones works? He would see my expensive dental restoration work, he would see my iPhone and if it rang hear that it has a ringtone, he would see my expensive athletic shoes, see my expensive purse and have someone whisper in his ear that I drove there in a luxury car. Then he would see that I only had catastrophic insurance coverage with an insanely high deductible; he would assume that he would have a hard time collecting payment from me and probably that hat I wouldn't pay at all.
During his examination of me, which at this point with all of these assumptions about me I doubt he would be focusing on my health but more about how he was going to get paid and how dare I have these "luxuries" and not be able to pay him immediately. He would learn that I spend an inordinate amount of money on alternative methods of healthcare. He would be baffled at why I would make that choice instead of spending $400+ a month on a better insurance policy.
What he wouldn't know, because it's none of his business but more importantly because healthcare workers should be focused on the health of their patients not busy making assumptions, is that:
1. I chose to spend a lot of money to remove the mercury fillings in my mouth because the mercury was leaking and I decided that it would be better for my long term health and that I paid for and did the work over a two year time span;
2. I was able to sell my old cellphone for the same amount as my new one - no money spent and that ringtone? I purchased it with a gift certificate;
3. I only purchase one pair of shoes a year, the expensive athletic shoes you see on my feet, unless I get them as a gift and between them and the flip-flops that I bought at factory outlet 4 years ago are they only shoes I wear 99.9% of the time;
4. I purchased my expensive purse used from e-bay for $12;
5. My car is 11 years old and it was purchased used. It was purchased primarily for the fact that it gets 28 miles to a gallon in the city and 36+ on the highway, the fact that the safety ratings are spectacular was another factor and hopefully keeps me out of the ER in an accident;
6. I would prefer to stay away from healthcare workers like Dr. Jones, so I try to heal myself at home;
7. I had that $400 a month policy; shockingly it hardly paid for anything, it was health insurance in name only, and I still got the pleasure of dealing with healthcare workers such as Dr. Jones.
Orange County, CA
For me, I hope that I never end up under the care of judgmental healthcare workers like Dr. Jones.
The old adage about assumptions rings true...
How does the Dr. know that these items weren't paid for in a more financially secure time? Why does the doctor not assume that these items may have been bartered for, gifts given or in exchange for payment of a service or goods rendered? How presumptuous to define someone else's values.
The person can afford cigarettes, beer and pretzels. Doesn't that say more about society as a whole? We continue to support the fact that poor quality, high priced foods are the foods that are abundantly available in financially depressed communities?
Doesn't this whole situation say more about our society as a whole? We live in a country where racism is institutionalized and that seems okay with us?
I am fired up!