This isn't funny but I laughed anyway

November 25, 2008

A Canadian relative of mine went to the hospital for “minor” surgery and ended up in the ICU on a ventilator with severe pneumonia. He was pretty agitated while intubated –not exactly uncommon, I know. A few days later when the tubes were out and he could speak, he said that when he saw so many doctors and American relatives around he was convinced he was in the US, running up a huge bill that he wouldn’t be able to pay.

That’s what was agitating him more than anything else.

Luckily for him he was actually in Canada.

2 thoughts on “This isn't funny but I laughed anyway”

  1. It sounds like he came out of this episode OK – glad to hear it. Economic worries about healthcare costs are certainly increasing for Americans – and in other countries too. It will be interesting to see how this force pushes health reform in the next year or two, i.e. impetus for overarching reforms, or a focused push for cost control/containment. The last time the country was in a somewhat similar situation (early 1990s), the first push was for cost containment, and then it shifted to expanding/universal coverage when President Clinton was elected. The timing of the election and the size of the economic issues are different this time. So I guess it’s just stay tuned for now.

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