3 thoughts on “Stripped of empathy

  1. from the article:
    “Ms. Langbehn says that a hospital social worker informed her that she was in an “antigay city and state” and that she would need a health care proxy to get information. (The worker denies having made the statement, Mr. Alonso said.) As the social worker turned to leave, Ms. Langbehn stopped him. “I said: ‘Wait a minute. I have those health care proxies,’ ” she said. She called a friend to fax the papers.
    The medical chart shows that the documents arrived around 4:15 p.m., but nobody immediately spoke to Ms. Langbehn about Ms. Pond’s condition.”

    Seems to me that the social worker is not only cruel, but able to lie with ease, he denies having made the statement, yet the documents were faxed to the hospital? For what reason other than that the documents were requested? A social worker with such a cold heart has no business working with people.

    I would be interested to know how their health insurance was handled and if the couple shared an insurance policy. I am pretty sure that the hospital would have no problem taking their insurance money.

  2. So, they can ask her “consent” for a brain monitor, but won’t give an update or let her in? What kind of sense does that make? If they’re not recognizing her rights as a partner, what the hell are they doing asking for her consent?

    Even more upsetting, the couple was only vacationing in FL, and were actually from WA state, where we have pretty decent domestic partner policies. Our governor just last week signed a bill unofficially called the “everything but marriage” act, further bumping up domestic partner rights to be actually identical to married couples.

    Given that, I was even more saddened to read the blurb in the article about another couple in WA, where the hospital actually did have open visitation policies, but a temp night nurse from an employment agency denied access anyway.

    This is why we need FEDERAL legislation giving true equal rights. States rights is just an excuse to deny individual rights, and it makes it too easy to interpret state laws on the side of oppression.

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