meds wrote: Yes, it is an accepted medical condition and a known killer. It is also considered to be a psychiatric condition along with other addiction problems. It is NO way a life threatening condition in most cases that involve emergency services (outside of a drunk driver causing a wreck). Alcoholism is a slow killer, it is a chronic problem with the abuser, it is long term and doesn't develop overnight or after a quick binge. The people who suffer from alcoholism do need help, but not the kind that you can get on a nightly basis from our emergency services and ER departments at a hospital. These people need to be ADMITTED into a hospital or substance abuse rehab program at a proper facility. They do not, and they cannot, be cured or treated in an Emergency Department. They will be processed, the doctor will look at them, do a quick assessment and interview, and then release them into the care of the RCMP
Meds wrote: Here's the kicker, yes, it gets better.....if this guy starts puking all over the drunk tank, the RCMP call us paramedics over to do a wellness check on the patient. Or at least they used to. We can't anymore. Now we have to transport him back to the Emergency Department to get re-assessed by a physician all over again. After all, the violent puking, retching, and heaving, could be stomach cancer or an abdominal bleed. So the cost just doubled.....all because someone can't stay sober.
So an abdominal bleed is not life threatening ?
So your not qualified to diagnose or equipped to diagnose an abdominal bleed and have to transport the drunk... Excuse me Patient back to see someone who is qualified?
Sounds like your class four driver training and six month first aid course really comes in handy diagnosing the medical system's financial woes
Lets back track a bit here to the important part in all this...
meds wrote: The ethical laws and regulations that govern the medical system in North America contribute massive costs to an already beleaguered system.
Ethically speaking that alcoholic is a victim of a social disease that is far more complex than the "self inflicted" condition you so shabbily disregard.
You are not only not qualified to judge how sick the man you describe is , you don't seem to have a clue about the depth and breadth of how alcoholism affects the body and brain. Its ability to steal a man's will or the misery it perpetrates on its victims.
Ethically you are obligated to show a fuck load more empathy than your describing here.
however, the real reason I called you out on this is the simpleton theory that ambulance rides to ERs and drunk tanks is why healthcare tax dollars are so high.
The real reason healthcare eats up so much of the provincial government Is that there are more of us, we live longer, and doctors can actually cure many more diseases than before but the material cost of doing so (high technology) is virtually through the roof.
Children's hospital, cancer clinics, quadruple by pass surgery, artificial limbs and joints, pharmaceuticals, these are the big ticket items that drive up health care costs
Your pathetic drunk is peanuts by comparison .