I hear you, and know what you say about family members’ potential to be the patient’s worst nightmare. That’s why hospital staff have to man-up and enforce rules, especially those in ICU. Lifestyle/Behavior have always accounted for most of our health troubles. UK social workers are actually taking fat kids out of their home and putting them into foster care due to the pathological behavior of their parents. Are you in favor of that for children in the USA? We all gotta die from something, sooner or later. Terrible that it was this child, but where does the Nanny State rank in our freedom to be self-destructive?
Oh I definitely see what you are getting at. Hospitals can have a tough job reinforcing things; for example, my brother’s in-laws are ignorant ***holes and she cussed out an ER doc when the doc suggested that her dietary habits cause most of her problems. I couldn't deal with that. I probably would have lost my job due to my response to her. Plus there are the gibsmedats that use the ER as their personal medical concierge.
There is indeed a fine line, which made much thinner by socialized medicine. For example, if a child is obese should he be taken from his parents because I don't want to pay for the kid's knee replacements and insulin injections? It's a scary scenario of parental rights vs. parents relying on the state (via our tax dollars) to raise their kids.
posted on 01/01/2014 1:36:30 PM PST
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