That is a really interesting article, with some really important information in it. But to be honest these type of articles infuriate me, I am all for saving tax payers money, but not at the price of sacrificing the lives of innocent people! I would rather see these government officials think more about cutting their own benefits and pay to save some money, rather than to do it this way! They always talk about wanting to help and take care of the poor, but this is a great example of their true attitude about really doing it! I have a real problem with people ( government officials) treating other people ( especially the poor and the sick) with less respect than they would their own pets!! Along those same lines, I know that in allot of places and with allot of people, "pain" is not considered a really important thing, and treating it is not that high of priority, but I often wonder if there was ever, or if there has ever, been a really extensive study done, regarding the actual mortality rate among chronic pain patients? You know the ones, that were not, and are not being treated or at least adequately treated, and just desided that they could nolonger stand living with it?
Anyway I will get off my band wagon, I do appreciatie you posting this information Chutzie, it really does strike a nerve with me, ( one of my pet peeves I guess) smile!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!