Friday, October 23, 2009
Sticking It In Our...
Local mom told me today:
That her son was sick last week. She thought he had strep throat. Took him in to the doctors who ruled that out. They wanted to give him a flu test, but not for the pig flu, for the regular flu.
So mom held her four year-old on her lap while they jammed a swab up his nose. Blood went everywhere and the kid started screaming - but that's neither here nor there.
Miffed, the mother asked her friend, a pediatric nurse herself, what happened. The nurse said obviously the swabber was incompetent - pushing it up too far. Also, they shouldn't be doing that test in the first place because the result is not actionable. She asserted that doctors are ordering up unnecessary regular flu tests simply because they can these days; because they reap $175 from the insurance companies for each swab!
Now, this story sounds a little fishy to me. There has to be some basis for performing a regular flu test - even if it's just so bought-and-paid-for government agents, aka *doctors*, can prescribe some ineffective, expensive drugs! But I'll let my pedantic doctor readers elaborate on that technical issue.
The central point is that in the fog of pandemic bubblemania, with Big Government writing checks left and right, the door hangs wide open for scamsters - just as it was trafficked with subprime lending, Wall Street bailout monies, welfare,....and now *green* energy.
The government steals from you....and then these clowns rob the government.
Don't let the smiles, office jokes, ties, and white lab coats distract you from the reality of this larceny.