Yesterday afternoon the realities of humanism, mortality, and fear attempted to take me out for about the one millionth time in my life. A phone call came from a loved one casually explaining that the doctor had potentially discovered a problem that needed further examination. When the office called for an appointment to have the scan done, they were told that it would be approximately a week before there was an opening in the schedule.
As an insider, I knew that a certain number of slots were held each day for emergency or unscheduled procedures. Not unlike the hotel that holds back a room or two from the 1-800 reservation list, just in case a preferred guest or luminary comes through the doors, flexibility is something that hospitals have to embrace at some level.
My route to health care management was a particularly unique and circuitous route, and it left me asking the question, “why does it have to be this way?” I’ve personally done everything that I can to make it humane, patient centered, and sensitive.
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