Last week I sat in front a group of leaders in our organization and I spoke to them passionately about Medicaid expansion and how important it is in terms of the long-term viability of our organization. After my speech one of the people in the room looked me straight in the eye and said something that you’ll only hear from a caregiver and it was something that I needed to hear.
The person who brought me back to reality and helped to center me is an individual that I have a high degree of respect for and a person that I feel privileged to work with. That person was Jettie Bailey.
If you know Jettie you know that she is a caring person with a big smile and an even bigger heart. Jettie is a caregiver and she lives in the world of health care business because she has to. She tolerates the business side of things because it allows her to do what she excels at and that’s providing care to people in need.
Jettie reminded me of something that I need to remind myself of more often, she reminded me that the one constant in health care is change and regardless of what does, or doesn’t, happen with Medicaid expansion and the sequester there will still be patients to take care of.
Jettie’s right, there will be patients to take care of regardless of what happens. Health care workers are resilient and they are adaptable and they’re that way because no two patients are alike. Caregivers change every day. They change their treatment plans and their approach. They change because their patients change.
We will change and find a way to provide care, my concern is, without Medicaid expansion, I’m not sure all of our patients (and friends and neighbors and families) will be able to receive care when they need it…