The NY Times article I just posted is sparking a lot of thought within me. Personally, I am not a donor. I’d like to be but the way it affects the grieving process of my family is the main source of my apprehension.
The second, however, is the effectiveness of the system that is in place. Dr. Michael Rees makes a good point as he’s quoted as saying…
"A program doing 100 kidneys - transplants - and 88 percent of them are working, or a program that does 60 kidneys and 59 of them are working? It’s rationing health care under the guise of quality, and it’s a tragedy that we are throwing away perfectly good organs."
This comment stems from the fact that health care practitioners’ hands are tied by strict federal guidelines placed on highly scrutinized success rates. Low rates of success lead to decertification which ultimately leads to decreased access to health care.
Federal government shouldn’t bear the totality of blame either. The United Network for Organ Sharing was tasked with updating this current system which pessimists would probably call ineffective. However, only so much can be done in an effort to circumvent US law. For instance, our age discrimination laws prevent a system of distribution based of age to be utilized as it is in other major countries in Europe.
For insight of your own into this important issue, take some time and do some reading.
I wish it were possible to perform blood work, stress tests, MRI’s, x-rays, dental exams and other miscellaneous procedures concurrently. I’ve never been one for doctors. Let me put it another way. I dislike the notion that I’m not in control of something as central to my existence as my body, yet someone else is. That being said, I know the importance of health care and tonight I made the decision that will put me in front of a bevy licensed professionals in the very near future. Mainly because WebMD has catered to my hypochondriacal tendencies in a very unhealthy way. I have come to realize that no amount of multivitamins and pushups will allow me to escape the inevitable patient/physician confidential conversations that need to be had.
How many times have you seen a beautiful woman and then proceeded to give her the patented “I want to do God awful things to you” stare? Wait, don’t answer. Just think about how many times it’s worked. Hold that thought one more time. The number probably isn’t that high anyway.
As a man in a relationship it’s so painful to watch you embarrass yourselves. As that man in a relationship what’s worse is knowing that the woman is now disgusted at the sight of any dude for the next 48 hours regardless of her having a partner or not. Do me a solid, try switching it up. Practice a “hi, nice to meet you” look. Better yet, introduce yourself and speak the words themselves. You may still embarrass yourself but at least you’d be a gentleman. Even better, the woman will leave with a positive disposition and may even cross your path again. This time, maybe, with a more fruitful outcome.