Debbie Downer

Do you watch or read the news?  If so, you’ll probably agree that most of the news is bad news.  News reports are mostly about a problem or issue or about some attempt to resolve a problem or issue.

I’m guilty myself of reporting negative news.  If you read this blog on a regular basis you know that I’ve pointed out problems with health care reform proposals.  The health care price of the fiscal cliff.  The need for Medicaid expansion in Missouri and the downside if it doesn’t occur.

Many of the things I’ve shared over the past few months may, or may not, come to fruition.  It’s entirely possible that the worry and angst caused by concerns over Medicaid expansion, health care reform and the fiscal cliff are all for naught and at the very least won’t personally affect many of the readers of this blog.  It’s possible, but not likely…

Anyone reading this blog who has received a paycheck since January 1, 2013 has personally felt the effects of the fiscal cliff.  For some people the additional couple of percent deduction of the payroll tax that occurred as a result of the fiscal cliff won’t make much difference but for a lot of people every percent hurts, every penny counts, and it makes the time between paychecks just a little bit harder.  Most of the people who read this blog either work in or are closely associated with health care.  If Medicaid expansion doesn’t occur in Missouri or if Medicare cuts, beyond those that are already mandated by the ACA, occur there will be an even greater tightening of the purse strings and that couple of percent payroll deduction might be the start of massive changes in staffing and pay for health care workers.  If a permanent fix isn’t found for the sustainable growth rate used to determine physician reimbursement more and more bright, young people will avoid pursuing careers in medicine and the physician shortage will become even greater.  Without doctors there is no health care so reductions in reimbursement will be the least of our concerns.

Here I go again, applying a negative slant to the world in which we live.  That’s about to change!   We can not turn a blind eye to the challenges affecting health care.  We have a voice in the solution so I’m going to continue to keep you informed and call on you to help.  I am also going to remind you that health care workers have some of the most difficult jobs in the world.  We save lives every day – who else can claim that.  We are in the business of saving lives.

Focusing on problems wears on a person but we’re health care workers and that’s how we’re hardwired.  We diagnose a problem and then we work to fix it. 

From time to time it’s important to focus on the good news and to remind ourselves that there’s more good around us than bad and that there’s more power in positive than negative.  Don’t ever forget that you experience miracles every day.  Don’t forget that you contribute to someone’s health and wellness.  You experience births.  You heal wounds.  You learn new skills.  You hug your kids.  You make someone smile.  You contribute to your community, church, school and work place.  You have the ability to improve the world around you. 

There’s a lot more positive than negative we just don’t hear about it as often because a crisis sells newspapers and TV advertisements!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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