I hate it because on the surface it is actually a good idea, and might work, but under the surface lies the problem. Implementing a socialist health care system that is administered by for profit providers will end badly, mark my words.
I hate it that my optimism concerning the future of EMS has been destroyed by working in an urban enviornment with a populace that uses EMS as their personal valets, and a fire department that considers the EMS division little more than a means to increase fire department visibility, distort run statistics and produce revenue by giving just about anybody who calls 911 a ride to the hospital.
I hate that I’ve heard more than once that “the privates” wouldn’t touch Providence EMS because the populace served would make the venture unprofitable.
I hate it it that I am in the minority of EMT’s and Paramedics who even know or care about Community Paramedics and Mobile Integrated Healthcare; the majority of people in this field keep their heads down and collect their pay.
I hate it that the people advocating for Community Paramedicine and Mobile Integrated Healthcare are mostly management and administrators, or owners of private companies who need taxpayer dollars, ie. The Affordable Healthcare Act to make their initiatives possible.
I hate it that my friend and doctor closed her practice because her values and integrity were in direct contrast to the system that the aforementioned Affordable Healthcare Act forced upon her.
I actually hate the entire healthcare system.
Until me or somebody I care about gets sick, then I’ve gotta learn how to love it.
Because by then, we don’t have time for debate, and have to trust the people who have the highest stake in the system, and play our role as revenue producers while lying on our death beds.
Brandon, over at EMS Basics hosts a “What if we’re wrong-a-thon,” which asks EMS authors to be their own devil’s advocate and re-think some of their more firm beliefs, then write a post in favor of something we are actually against, or vice versa.
I’ll be re-thinking community paramedics. Might be interesting, the post will be live this Monday, the 15th of February.