Gonna start a new line, because I can’t reply to AR directly. But. A couple of things, in random order:
Yes, they DID pay for a power wheelchair for this brain-damaged girl, who was in my Japanese class, and learned one thing all year – to bow her head when I said konnichi wa (hello). She was in my class because her grandmother, who was taking care of her after her mother almost drowned her at age 2 by answering the telephone while the baby was in the bath, insisted that she get a “real” education rather than being in a school for the severely handicapped, where they could have cared for her far more cheaply, and actually given her some pleasant experiences, like being held in a warm swimming pool.
Next item: the medico-pharma-insurance axis is NOT there to make people healthier or give them better, more enjoyable or more productive lives. It’s there to make money. But it’s complicated by the need to pander to politicians who want “proof” that their interventions work. So you get studies like the one in England that said that there was no indication of improved outcomes between Type 2’s who tested, and those who didn’t. So you got the NHS questioning whether they should provide test strips to Type 2’s. I don’t know what the outcome of that was, but it’s disturbing to say the least, because the study was flawed. Politicians aren’t expected to know that.
My own insurance system has instituted a program where you have to sign into a website where you get your putative “health” measured. Because I have several health conditions, I’m on the “at-risk” list, and they’ve assigned a nurse to call me every 6 weeks. What is not mentioned is that my health conditions are under fantastic control, and I don’t need the school district to waste money on either this website or the nurse calls. I’d really rather just have them pay for my damn CGM when I go on Medicare.
I guess what I’m ranting about is the amount of money wasted frivolously by medically ignorant people “for my own good”, when I’m perfectly able to determine my own needs. I do know that this is not true of everyone, but they babble on about “empowered” patients, and then refuse to let us be so. I wish they would let us zebras BE zebras, and not subsume us under generalizations. I’m a person, not a statistic.
OK, rant over.