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Hi Buds and Budettes,

This short little post was prompted by action at our little old Hospital in North Carolina today. Sort of Main Stream USA. A bird's eye view from a little Woolybooger.

4% of the Work force was eliminated at the Hospital today. The reasons given were "Sequestration" and the "Clawing back" of money from Medicaid and Medicare. In the neighboring county the job loss at their hospital was a staggering 20% of their work force. These moves where kept incredibly quiet until released this morning. Rare, but somehow it was a true surprise to the entire work force.

I am not an employed Doc, so it impacts me only indirectly. For those 4% and 20% it was a direct impact.

Chief Medical Officer (Yes Doctor of Medicine)-Eliminated
Speech Pathology position for Children-Eliminated
Perinatal outreach Nurse-Eliminated.

Many others, I just don't know them all yet. So the cuts were employed positions across the board. Doctors, Nurses, Speech Therapy, prenatal and newborn nursing care to those who fall into that lower socioeconomic group. Gone.

It may always sound good to buy into the idea of lowering the cost of Health Care and I agree.................... but........... there be consequences. Now Aunt Sue is unemployed. Cousin Bob's job is gone. Mary Beth is no longer teaching kids born with birth defects how to speak clear enough to get by in life or overcome stutters. Nurses no longer will go to the homes of new moms to make sure things are all good with the newest addition, etc......

I know many of these things are not "necessities". Unless of course it is you, or one of your loved ones who is affected. Then maybe it strikes closer to home.

Just be careful what you ask for. It may not be what you really think it is. Those dang unintended consequences. There will be many other instances like these where the brick wall is hit and the layoffs mount. It certainly is not going to change any time soon.

Wooly............. who found out last week that his nephew (with a college degree in Psychology) is making about the same as I am as a physician. His job? New Owner/Manager of Chick Fil-A.
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