A question of ethics - meth cookers in the burn units!

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    I heard from a friend of mine in Nashville that they are thinking of closing the specialty burn unit at one of the hospitals there due to the number of meth cookers whose labs have blown up in their faces.

    Of course, they have no insurance and no money. They often require multiple surgeries and a lot of specialized care with their hospitalizations often running into the millions of dollars.

    So what about it? Is it ethical to offer palliative end of life care only to meth cookers and just let them die, or does someone owe them millions of dollars in care?
     
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    Big Pharma keeps selling the meds that cooks turn into crank...
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    Merchants of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps the Cooks in Business
    13 Aug.`13 > With big profits on the line, the drug industry is pulling out campaign-style dirty tricks to keep selling the meds that cooks turn into crank.
     
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    Robin Hood is here to steal from those who can and give to those who won't. It should be a lovely time.
     
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    I need to check about this and see if Vandy still has a burn program. Last time I was in the hospital there I was in the round wing which used to house the burn patients, only I wasn't a burn patient. If uninsured meth cookers have put a valid service out of business, that would be a crying shame.
     
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    Next, we'll hear some Republican saying burn victims must fill out a paper stating how they got the burns.

    The real reason hospitals have and are closing trauma and burn units is that Reagan's socialist EMTALA is breaking them.

    If we're gonna have "for profit" health care, then hospitals must (DUH) make a profit. In turn, that means we must (DUH) end socialist heath care.
     
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    Here's another question of ethics ...

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    Everyone is owed the same level of care imo. Who are we to make ethical judgements outside of prognosis and patient/family wishes?

    People often make mistakes from their lives, sometimes those mistakes are life changing. :dunno:
     

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