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Every American city has street beggars.

By Dad And BoPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Non-profit hospital
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Every American city has street beggars. Many homeless people do not have social camps for them to live in, but they prefer to live on the streets. It is unknown how the local government manages this subject, but it is clear that there are still clear actions of concern.

My uncle who is a doctor there told me that more than 10 years ago there was a very heavy snowfall in New York and the temperature dropped on Christmas Eve. The city's mayor ordered the city hall and all hospitals to open to welcome homeless people to take shelter in the cold. My uncle, who was at home on Christmas break, was called back to the hospital. After examining the wanderers staying there, he had to carry a pot of coffee and a tray of cakes around to serve them. Some people complained that the coffee was too cold and asked him to reheat it. He said, "I'm a doctor, not your waiter." They said, “No one said you were a waiter. But now that we're here, the doctor at least gave me a cup of hot coffee." So my uncle - a very reputable doctor - wandered off to make some coffee.

During the cold season of that year, the people of the "state" in New York gathered to hold a large meeting. They sent elegantly dressed representatives to speak to the public thanking the city government for saving them from freezing to death. The story is very humorous but also very serious about the relationship between poor people and the government.

The American healthcare system is both extremely pragmatic and very humane. I had the opportunity to go to a children's hospital called CHOC in California where my cousin was a volunteer. This is a public hospital and completely non-profit. It didn't look like a hospital because it was so clean, bright and colorful from the outside to the inside.

The patient reception lobby has pictures of sea fish hanging above the registration desk. Each floor of the hospital is designed according to a unique landscape theme. Some floors are the ocean, some floors are forests, mountains or grasslands. Here, the children will be very comfortable and will not feel like they are being treated. There are also separate toy rooms for children to play every day.

Most of the toys in the hospital are donated by volunteers. Any pediatric patient who likes a toy when discharged from the hospital can take it home as a gift from the hospital. At the end of each day, nurses wipe down each toy with disinfectant to prevent infection.

When my younger brother was 5 years old, he had appendicitis surgery here and spent 3 days in the hospital, spending $5,000, not including medicine. What kind of public hospital does it cost people so much money? My uncle explained that my brother had health insurance, so the insurance company actually had to pay the hospital money, but the family did not lose any money. The hospital uses money collected from insured patients like my brother to treat poor people who do not have insurance and cannot pay for free. They do not refuse to treat anyone, including children who are illegal immigrants.

Looking around I saw that all the people were really poor, mainly Mexicans, black people and Asian people. Many people were dressed disheveled, which contrasted greatly with the neat environment of the hospital. However, their expressions were very relaxed, perhaps because they were assured that they would not have to pay a penny to get the good service of their dreams. In that beautiful and peaceful scene, I sadly remembered the noisy, stressful hospitals in Vietnam with people lying everywhere. When will there be such a public hospital in my hometown?

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Oh! I hope it will be so very soon. 🫶🏻

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