• When it is dark enough, you can see the stars

    Given yesterday’s events, it’s hard to write about anything else right now. But what ‘s made the tragedy much more bearable are the many, many pieces I’ve seen focusing on the heroics of the emergency response teams, the generosity of everyday citizens, and the quiet competence of the medical providers. Sometimes we spend so much time talking about what’s wrong with the US health care system that we can overlook what is so right about it.

    I can’t help but think about the many people I know in the medical field who work and live in Boston. I’m sure lots of them were called to action yesterday, and performed above and beyond the call of duty. I can’t get the thought of that eight year old victim out of my mind. But I’m sure there could have been many more had not so many heroes gone to work.

    I’ll get back to complaining about the current state of affairs tomorrow. Today, I’d rather spend some time grateful that we still have so many of the finest medical personnel and facilities in the world. If only they always functioned so well together.


    • The medical personnel responded to the medical needs of the victims, without regard to whether they had health insurance, whether the particular treatment was covered by health insurance, whether the patient was responsible for a co-pay or deductible under her health insurance. In other words, a system based on health care and not health insurance. Oddly, someone injured in a terrorist attack or in other circumstances in which many are injured is more likely to receive immediate and better care than someone who is injured or suffers a medical condition alone and must first go through the insurance maze.

    • What is incredible is the low fatality count so far. Even with nearly 200 injured the few fatalities may be luck with the bomb placement and medical tent nearby. But the preparation for mass casualty events should also be praised for the hospitals to be ready to save many limbs as well as lives.

    • As above, more evidence that the values, priorities and relationships already exist to restore order to our nation’s healthcare, community by community. We only lack the national will to make it happen!