posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 11:42 PM
I'm done with taking my daughter to the Hospital Emergency Room.
My first bad experience was when she was having severe abdominal pain. My daughter's mum rushed her there and the Hospital ran every test they could
and came up with a blank and no explanation. The wrote it off as possible "gas" or "growing pains". The final bill for no remedy was $7,500. By
the time I arrived she was being discharged. When her mum told me the symptoms my daughter was having, I diagnosed the problem, without any kind of
medical background in 30 seconds by poking my daughter in her side with my finger. It was a Kidney Infection. Lots of Cranberry Juice and two days
rest and my daughter was fine. Being stuck with a $7,500 bill from the Hospital, however, my daughter's mum and I were not fine.
My next bad experience was when my daughter suffered an accident on the Jungle Gym at the Playground and split her forehead, nose, and cheek open. I
was going to use the Super-Glue trick, but realized this was my precious daughter, and it was on her face. I didn't want her to have to live with a
large visible scar on her face for the rest of her life. So, we rushed her to the Hospital Emergency Room to get 14 stitches in her face. My daughter
kept panicking when the needle came for her, so the doctor tried a Topical Anesthetic. Since my daughter is red-headed, it did no good (red-heads need
20% higher of a dosage for anesthetics to be effective). So, the doctor gave her a non-opiate oral anesthetic (Propofol). It made her hallucinate
hard, but it didn't sedate her. Finally, they administered an inhaled anesthetic (Sevoflurane) and she was out cold, and the doctor was able to give
my daughter the 14 stitches she needed. Everything seemed worthwhile until it was time to bring my daughter out of sedation. The doctor called in a
Crash-Cart team and a dozen nurses came running in, one of them shuffling me out of the room and another handing me a stack of 550 pages to read and
sign (I kid you not! 550!), basically claiming the Hospital to not be negligent of any wrong-doing. Until I signed all of those papers not a single
person at the Hospital would explain to me what was going on. Turns out the minimum Child Dosage of Sevoflurane that was given to my daughter caused
an Overdose and my daughter went into a Coma. Thankfully, my daughter came out of the Coma 8 hours later and recalled everything that was going on
around her the entire time. The final bill for the Hospital giving my daughter an Overdose and putting her in a Coma? $15,000!
So, yesterday my daughter sliced her foot open. Her mum insisted on taking her to the Hospital Emergency Room despite my reassurances that she didn't
need that kind of medical mistreatment, and that as bleeding had already stopped there was nothing more that the Emergency Room could do for her. Boy
was I wrong! She took her anyway and rather than type it all over again, they went through the same routine of Topical Anesthetic, Oral Non-Opiate
Anesthetic (Propofol), and Inhaled Anesthetic (Sevoflurane) resulting in an Overdose and my daughter going into a Coma again! Now, my daughter's mum
had an excuse as she was not at the Hospital the first time my daughter went into a Anesthetic-induced Coma. However, this was the EXACT same
Hospital, *AND* it was on my daughter's Medical Chart! Thankfully, yet again, my daughter came out of the Coma 8 hours later, recalling everything
just as before. The final bill for this Emergency Room Induced Coma? Only $5,000 this time for their negligence!
I could sue. Yes, I signed all that paperwork, and I'm sure they made my daughter's mum sign all the same paperwork as well. However, signing a
legal document under duress, especially when the welfare of your child is at stake and the Hospital refuses to disclose information about their
condition until you sign, couldn't possibly be upheld in a Court of Law! Now, if the Hospital were to say "We messed up, yet again...tell you what,
no charge...it's on the house...please don't sue us" I would be fine with that, although I wouldn't ever allow them to work on my daughter ever
again, but I would walk away and not sue. However, messing up and sticking you with an insane bill to cover the cost of additional treatment that was
required because of their mess up is inexcusable. I would be foolish not to sue them.
Considering these huge Health Care Bills that I can't afford (we don't have Health Insurance because my Employer doesn't offer it, and my Gross
Income is too high to qualify for State Health Care, but after $750/month in Child Support for the daughter I have most of the time, my Net Income is
well below the Poverty Level so I can't afford Private Health Insurance). I am all for Government Health Insurance Reform if everyday people like me
can qualify for Insurance. However, the thing that makes me hesitant about it is these above situations? Will I lose the right to sue the Hospitals
when they mess up? Will government sovereignty, which indemnifies them from Civil Suits, extend to Health Care Providers? If so, I'm not sure that's
a good idea.
Maybe we are better off with Witch-Doctors anyway. A little Chicken's Blood and Chanting never caused anyone to go into a Coma!
[edit on 21-8-2009 by fraterormus]