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The Inhumanity of Nothing: The Death of the Woman in the Kings County ER, Editorial by T. L. Kittle
Date:7/7/2008

LOS ANGELES, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued today by T. L. Kittle:

If someone said, "describe a murder," most people would describe someone doing something to someone else: "Man shoots..." or "Woman strangles..." Murder is rarely thought of in the absence of something -- in the doing of nothing -- yet nothingness can be as effective in killing as a gun.

Denying someone access to something they need -- like food, water, air, and when someone is ill, medical care -- is as efficient as taking a bat and beating them to death.

As evident in the surveillance video from Kings County hospital, Esmin Green's death in the ER on June 19 is an example of nothing in its lethal form -- a death that's indicative of what's rampant throughout the medical industry: people being murdered through denial of care. (In addition to blatant neglect, people are also being denied medical care through false negative test results, physician's orders wrongly being overruled, blaming the victim's mentality (i.e. -- 'you're just suffering from anxiety') as well as other such denial of care based philosophies.)

While Kings County hospital and the staff should be held accountable for their actions, the most honorable way to pay tribute to the horror of what Ms. Green endured (and try to safeguard this behavior from happening again) is by taking a moment to reflect on the stresses that have pushed hospital staff to such demon behavior in the first place.

What's driving this?

A number of reasons, but the major one is lack of adequate funding for hospitals. Starving the hospitals fosters anger, resentment, and cruelty towards the ill -- the people who have come to them for help.

Neglecting the needs of the hospitals is breeding hospitals neglecting the needs of the patients. While it's true that everyone should have the right to medical care, the hospitals need money to function -- to keep their lights on, the electricity going, not to mention the staff and maintenance. If they're going to be legally bound to care for anyone (as they are now), shouldn't that same government be compensating them for those same lives as well?

Not putting enough funding into an operation is like running a car without enough oil -- eventually it's going to wear down the engine and parts of it will fail. As demonstrated in the video of the death of Esmin Green, in the medical industry that failing is people's lives.

There are constant reports regarding the U.S. spending more money than any other country on medical care, so then why are there so many problems?

It's time to reroute the money that's currently going into the pockets of the insurance companies and put it back into the medical system where it belongs. Instead of insurance premiums, place the money into the hospitals themselves -- this could be accomplished through a "tax" or (perhaps more efficiently?) through a non-profit organization designed to do nothing but support the medical industry (i.e., instead of paying $200/month in an insurance premium, it would be $200/month into a generalized hospital fund).

As much as their websites and commercials may want to have us believe, the insurance companies are not keeping the lights on at the hospitals -- or paying the hospital staff -- and (as evident by recent hospitals closing) they definitely aren't stepping in to save them when they're crumbling.

Currently, the health insurance companies are collecting money from the American people and hoarding the excess to themselves.

At first glance Esmin Green's death may seem to be due to poverty or racism, but unfortunately it's not that simple. Her death brings to light an institutionalized practice throughout the entire medical industry of denying people access to medical care -- people of all colors, of all economic backgrounds, killing them without a touch.

Until the money the American people spend for medical care goes directly into the medical system itself, these murders will continue.

T. L. Kittle suffers with a chronic illness in Los Angeles, gratefully under the care of extraordinary physicians. Kittle is currently in the process of establishing the Blue Diamond Foundation to address both lack of medical care as well as lack of physician control over medical care.

Link to the Blue Diamond Foundation: http://www.bluediamondfoundation.org

For more information about T. L. Kittle: http://www.powerfulpatient.org/archive/2008/08x_pitfalls_in_diagnosis.php

Link to an example regarding misuse of funds by insurance companies: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-calpers3-2008jul03,0,2137332.story

T. L. Kittle

323-843-4200


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