Doctors call USA emergency care ‘national disgrace’

United States
December 11, 2008 7:05am CST
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28148474/ well if your an american you already know that the medical care here is awful!! i have been in the emergency room blue from an asthma attack and they told me i was ok.. i have been to a hospital that the room we were in had bloody swabs everywhere from the LAST patient.. i have been put in a room and forgotten for hours barely breathing from an asthma attack.. (seperate asthma attack) my hubby had surgery adn there was MOLD all over the bathroom of his room!! i mean i have seen some bad stuff and some of these were at the top hospitals here!! heck one of the best had to shut down a wing because of staph infection running rampid because doctors didnt wash their hands but used hand sanitizer and spread it through out the wing!! so nope.. this sadly doesnt surprise me!!! how are the hospitals where you are at!? any horror stories?
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
11 Dec 08
When I was dying from a pendasitus my family took the time to drive me to the E.R. in the next town because the one in ours is so pathetic. I'd sooner patch myself up than go to the one closest to where I live their so incompetent.
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
13 Dec 08
you mean appendicitis?
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• United States
14 Dec 08
i lived in a town like that lol its really scary since there might be times where you dont have a choice or time to go some where else
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
14 Dec 08
Big medical terms aren't my thing....
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• United States
11 Dec 08
Most of my horror stories are not about the conditions of the hospital but how i or the person i was with was treated. I was refused to be seen in one er because they did not accept my insurance. Here i am, something horribly wrong with me and they refuse to see me. The most recent one, and the one that still makes my blood boil when i think about how he was treated, is when we took my younger bro to the hospital. Now know most people are not used to people like him, i get that, and thats why me and my mom went and explained what was going on. There was something wrong with my bros ears, he was in pain, and he would beat himself in the ears and scratch them up to relieve the pain. We took him to the er, explained that he has a history of chronic ear infections, and that he is beating his ears because they are hurting him. The doc stands a foot away to look in his ears, says yep he has scratched them and thats what is causing the pain, and prescribes LIQUID oxywhatever that everyone seems to be addicted to. And he prescibed the liquid after being told he takes pills and not liquids. He would not even touch my bro and when my bro went to touch him he jumps out of the way. I was mad beyond belief. Downs is not something you can freaking catch, and neither is autism.
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• United States
11 Dec 08
oxycotin... how stupid.. was that at vandy or some where else?? i think you said it was in gallatin right?
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I had a similar situation with the asthma. I was having trouble breathing and left work to go to the hospital, the doctor gave me an inhaler and sent me back to work but never checked my O2 saturation. 3 hours later I was back and had to immediately have a breathing treatment and I was admitted. I saw a different doctor and he asked, "what happened when you were in here earlier? You should have never been sent home, let alone back to work". Then there is the one hospital that is hardly ever busy, in fact their er promises that you will be seen in 20 mins guaranteed. I guess so....I have been there twice and I sent two family members there and none of us got the proper diagnosis or treatment for our conditions. It seems like their doctors are trained to just blow you off. It is scary what we are facing in healthcare today.
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• United States
11 Dec 08
i know.. i mean they are the place you go when you think your dying and they dont seem to care
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
12 Dec 08
hi, if you think your hospitals are horrifying, how much more our hospitals here in the Philippines.
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@mz2981 (36)
• Qatar
12 Dec 08
not all hospital in the Philippines are that bad.I was a medical student and I saw different hospital in the Phil. Others are bearable but some are excellent only expensive.
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
13 Dec 08
i was just exaggerating. :-D sorry Doc! But there ARE hospitals with terrible services. they DO exist. I was just shocked to hear from someone commenting on horrible US hospitals. Because I thought USA is on topmost rank when it comes to health services.
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• United States
14 Dec 08
im not sure what country has the best care honestly.. i hear of some people bringing people here to get help but then some of us run to other countries to get help so who knows
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
12 Dec 08
I am not sure why Americans fight to maintain the non-socialized health care system they have. Admittedly if you have lots of money then this is the way to go, but there are so many millions without health care because they are too rich for health care but too poor to afford premiums. As bad as the Canadian system is, at least it is accessible and some insurance company somewhere who does not know you is trying to deny you access or treatment. When I talk to Americans on the internet they all seem to, with the exception of you, swear it is the best in the world. Maybe it is not.
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12 Dec 08
I guess I should consider us lucky. Our hospitals are clean and neat. We even have a new one right down the road that is one of the most beautiful hospitals I have ever seen. Not that I have been in a lot, but this one is beautiful. Doesn't even look like a hospital on the inside, it has a water fall in the lobby and beautiful paintings all throughout the building. The CEO of the hospital, his son was on our baseball team and we got to know him, said this hospital has been his dream for many years and he went to great lengths to make sure it has a home away from home feel. As far as health insurance, we have it...Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, a $20 copay and it isn't expensive, about $225 a month. If the company my husband works for can provide insurance for it's employees at this rate, how come others can't? I know that my mom is waiting for her Medicare to kick in next year because she can't afford insurance on her own.
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• United States
14 Dec 08
i know i cant afford health insurance right now.. and even when i did the co pays ranged from 25-40 a visit and i was going to like 6 appts a month then meds were 5-50 a med and i was on 7 so.. lol.. but yeah a lot of people get horrible health care in usa whether it by the insurances denying them everything or the hospitals not being worthy to step foot in etc
@lilisor (205)
• Hungary
14 Dec 08
The hospitals in Romania are somehow similar. Although we have a national health care system, most of the times doctors won't treat you unless you give them money. I was in a surgery, a few years ago, and because I didn't give money to nurses, the gave me an epidural without any pain killer. It was the worst time of my life! I felt like they were about to cut my spine in pieces. Then, in the room, the nurses refused to give me some pain killers after the surgery because I didn't give them money. The mother of a child who was in the same room with me gave the nurse some money and she immediately brought some pain killers for the boy. When I asked again for some, the nurse replied that they ran out of pain killers. I asked a nice man who was visiting to buy me some pain killers from the pharmacy. I don't ever want to go back there! So, yes, in USA the medical care is sometimes better than the medical care in Romania!
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• United States
22 Dec 08
jeeze if you had to carry cash on you at the hospital to pay them right then for whatever i wouldnt ever have anything done since i never carry cash on me
@relundad (2311)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I have been to some state and government funded hospitals that serve predominately the indigent and you can get sick by just walking thru the doors of the emergency room. There are like some of the ones that you mention above. But I have been to some private funded and non-profit run hospitals and you can "eat off of the floor" it appears to be so clean. As well they offer some of the best care. Like anything else you can find examples of extreme on either end of the spectrum.
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• United States
14 Dec 08
i refuse to go anywhere but a private hospital here.. the public ones have almost been shut down because of lack of funding and every one i have gone to has been worthy of shutting down just because of quality (or lack thereof)