an interesting experience
So I spent over 24 hrs in hospital over the weekend. I badly lacerated my leg, and so experienced the whole thing from emergency room admission to general anesthesia and surgery to recovery room and a semi-complication.
All fascinating and a whopping change of perspective. Although I almost passed out in the waiting room after lying on the floor for a while I was able to observe other people waiting. One fellow - in the long term in way worse condition than me - was very friendly and concerned. Someone else gave me a blanket. Overall I felt really bad for most of them who were suffering the permanent and horrible effects of the diet that we have discussed here many times.
I was admitted on a prioritized basis, I suspect, based on blood-loss, and without even showing id or proof of insurance. I had forgotten my insurance card from MA (hospital in FL). I won't think about what it's going to cost now. Anyway I don't have a cash value for my leg.
We can say whatever we want about the American health system, but I'll say this: I was very glad they were there. They knew what they were doing, even though yes the process was very slow and deliberate it got done. Will it turn out absolutely shockingly expensive? No doubt. But what does it cost to have all this on demand?
If I had to live the life of the surgeon who worked on me I wouldn't touch it for less than a million a year. It's nuts what these people do. Looking around the hospital, noting the infrastructure, the machinery, the number of workers needed at various levels of training and skill, the mind boggles at the cost. Given what I saw going on, seems like it is all needed.
Overall I was pretty impressed, and I'm not at all surprised now at the amount of the domestic economy health care consumes. My previous conviction that our main problem is diet is certainly re-enforced. The cost of health care won't be reduced until that changes.