STAT - Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

STAT - Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine

Who will pay for this expensive, extremely long and elaborate treatment when so many law abiding productive citizens do not receive needed medical care for conditions which they themselves have not caused? I received a permanent injury ( 40 years ago ) which causes more medical issues and greater financial costs as I age. A hit and run driver who made the decision to use illegal drugs and drive rammed my vehicle. Why should the perpetrators be given excessive benefits while the victims of these criminals are left with chronic injuries which causes lower quality of life and financial expenditures for the remainder of their lives? Who will pay for their healthcare and make them whole again? It seems again that the victims’ needs are ignored while the criminals are given excessive care and life long benefits. The drug addicts make the decision to use illegal drugs and carelessly and deliberately place innocent citizens at risk. Too many drug addicts do not fear any consequences for their actions. If they overdose they are repeatedly treated and pay no bills. The massive financial burden caused by these drug addicts are causing higher healthcare premiums for the rest of us and they overburden our emergency services and hospitals. They must be responsible for their actions and their bills. I am only one of the millions that are injured by drunk drivers or drug addicts. Drug addicts will do anything for money to feed their habit whether it be robbing a citizen, shoplifting, carjacking, etc which causes more financial burdens for citizens. I have seen the results of their actions while working at a level 1 trauma center and seen how a relative refused treatment paid for by his family and how he continued to use illegal drugs for decades before he died of cancer. Unfortunately we can not force people to be responsible citizens when they have no desire to do so.



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