So the patient was sitting on the edge of the bed, leaning on a pillow to breathe. She was diaphoretic and extremely dyspneic. She was rhales all the way to the tip of her voice box, and she was moaning in agony, "Please just shoot me! Please, just put me out of my misery!"
The RT said, "I cannot do that."
The QA analysts said, "Such therapy is not covered by CMS, nor is it covered under Obamacare. Although Obama would probably like it because it would reduce the cost of healthcare."
Hence is the state of medicine.
Forty-five minutes after the page the doctor responded to the call. In the meantime, the patient suffered. The RT stood by the patient's side wishing he had the power to treat the patient.
Thankfully, however, some things get better. The market has forced many hospitals to hire hospitalists, who respond to patient's in need, as opposed to treating patients over the phone. Those in Washington will, however, continue to treat patients from the comfort of their leather chairs, sometimes thousands of miles, and sometimes thousands of hours prior to the time the patient even gets sick.