I’ve been battling a particularly nasty upper respiratory infection the past few days. As a result, I’ve had the opportunity to visit health care facilities in both the granite and garden states, respectively. In each instance, the numerous health care workers I’ve encountered were either:
- Morbidly obese
- Huddled together outside in the cold, chain smoking cigarettes
- Stuffing their faces with Big Macs.
I know health care is up to the individual, but what sort of quality health care can markedly unhealthy health care providers provide (and, try saying that last line three times fast)?
Shouldn’t walk-in clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals and medical centers be held to a higher standard? Shouldn’t the senior practitioners and administrators who run these institutions encourage wellness instead of empowering habits that lead to diabetes, cancer and god knows what else?
My Manhattan primary care provider recently told me 90 percent of the nurses at the hospital where she’s affiliated smoke cigarettes all day long. “And,” she added, “they always have.”
It’s no wonder the rest of the world thinks Americans have become fat, dumb and lazy. If you disagree, just stop by your local health care provider and you’ll see what other nations see: yet another example of our nation’s slow, steady decline towards mediocrity.
(Oh and you can find the health care workers at McDonalds.)