Sunday, May 20, 2012
Have You Compromised Yourself?
It took only a moment to convince himself it was no big deal. No one could blame him for ordering the EKG. It wasn't exactly standard practice, but he had seen other physicians do it before. Anyway, if his numbers didn't increase soon, there would be no office left. The bills were piling up faster then medicare could cut checks. With the economy slumping, the traffic in and out of the exam room had fallen off precipitously. If any hesitation existed, it was gone before he placed the chit on the super bill. His patient was waiting.
It took only a moment to convince herself that it was no big deal. Of course she had noticed that a disproportionate number of his catheterizations resulted in interventions. But he was a rainmaker, and as CEO of the hospital she could hardly afford to lose him. The budget was tight and the board was constantly on her back. It would be ill advised to alienate one of the biggest revenue generators. If any hesitation existed, it was gone before she signed off on the pseudoinvestigation that found no wrong doing.
It took only a moment to convince himself that it was no big deal. Word had come down from the nose bleeds that too many claims were getting through. Deny first and ask questions later. The secret motto was whispered with winks and nods during training all those years ago. At first he tried to resist, but he was all to aware of which colleagues were getting promotions. If he wanted to move up in the world he had to dance the dance. If any hesitation existed, it was gone by the time he rubber stamped the pages with the word "DENIAL" glaring back at him in all caps.
It took only a moment to convince himself that it was no big deal. Without the promised lobbyist money, there was no way he would have enough to win his reelection. So he would have to vote against his conscience on one medicare bill. What was the big deal? He had no doubt that it would eventually be overturned anyway. If any hesitation existed, it was gone by the time he closed the draft of the proposed bill after only reading the first page.
It only takes a moment to compromise oneself. But it's happening at all levels. It's time we stopped pointing fingers.
And took a look at the reflection in the mirror.
Posted by Jordan Grumet at 5:57 PM