Alright everyone. Clearly the ER piece hit a nerve that wasn’t intended to be hit. What is also clear is that nobody really read the piece for what it was intended for. Nobody is saying poor people don’t deserve medical care or that poor people don’t deserve tattoos, phones, clothes, etc.
The point of the piece is that there are legit people out there who need monetary help and there are other people out there that just don’t feel like paying. Unfortunately the people that just don’t wanna put money to medical bills make it more difficult for those who need help to get it.
I did not link it as a comment on the American healthcare system, doctor pay, etc. Just simply to say that in the vet world people that do have the means to pay often say they don’t meanwhile people that need help have trouble getting it. So yes, if you complain you don’t have money for antibiotics but you and all 4 of your kids are drinking Starbucks, I don’t think its fair. To the people that truly have nothing and need help, I try to give it.
Finally, don’t make assumptions on my own lifestyle. I was very poor growing up, we were lucky enough to have food to eat but that was about it. Medical insurance was a pipe dream. I know what it’s like not being able to afford health insurance even though you work your butt off. I’m nowhere near well off by any means now and any other vet will agree. We are very underpaid and our debt loads are large. So while I am doing ok for myself I am not so far removed that I have lost the ability to understand not having money. I am doing better than many because I have money to pay most of my bills on time but that’s about it. I have medical insurance and still have to be very careful at the doctor because even with insurance its expensive. I get it, I promise. It’s so easy to become outraged and feed off the supposed outrage of others on this site that the original message gets lost.