As I get older, I get angrier more often.
I have less tolerance for those who drive
poorly or for those who are thoughtless.
Here are some of my current pet peeves:
• When people stay in the fast lane and
drive slowly. I almost hate it as much
when someone drives crazy fast and
rides my tail. Then there are those
crazy motorcycle guys. Stop it!
• It makes me crazy that our healthcare
system has charge masters that are outrageously high and in actuality don’t
mean much. The system forces us to
define crazy prices for things, and boy
is the public told about those numbers!
But they usually don’t talk about what
we actually get paid. Stop it!
• I hate that a sports team owner voiced
an opinion about race that seemed to
be from a century ago. And by punishing him, he is being forced to sell the
team he bought 30 years ago for $15
million . . . for $2 billion! Now THAT
will teach him. Stop it!
• While I am on the subject of sports,
how out of whack are the tens of millions of dollars we pay professional
athletes? How successful would you be
as an imaging manager if you balanced
3 out of your 10 cost center budgets? I
guess hitting for a .300 batting average
is more important than saving lives.
• I was amazed how much my daughter’s wedding cost. And just how much
should a dress cost? OMG! Okay, okay.
No “Stop it!” here. I can see why we had
to say “yes” to the dress. It started when
she tearfully called me to tell me she
found “the” one. I cried after I hung
up! I also cried when I walked her
down the aisle. That dress framed the
glow I saw in her face.
• It upsets me that our veterans are
getting delayed care in the VA health
system. As much as we respect those
who serve our country, they should
get better care. This has got to be fixed
because, often, our veterans have no
other recourse other than to use the
VA. Stop it!
• I am sick of being progressively regulated in healthcare. I do like that we
are being held to certain standards
for quality. But there are many of you
struggling to keep your doors open
because you see more than your share
of indigent or disproportionate care
patients. The playing field is not even,
and the new regulations assume it is.
• I can’t believe that some insurance
companies are leaving people in a
lurch because their physicians were
listed “mistakenly” as being in their
insurance networks. That’s just wrong.
Be accountable. Stop it!
• Random, mass killings happening
everywhere just break my heart. Seeing the victims and their families is
beyond painful. There is just too much
pressure in our society that twists
people to act outside of their lonely,
dark spaces. Then they take their own
lives to make the killings even more
senseless. Do we need to invest more
in mental healthcare to help these lost
souls, or just continue to invest more
in our prison systems? Stop it!
• My daughter went to Bali for her honeymoon. While walking on the beach,
a rock hit her big toe and split it in two.
Fearing infection, she went to the hospital, was treated by an MD, received
shots, had half of her toenail removed,
received antibiotics, pain meds, and
was in the ED for 3 hours … for $89.
What would that have cost in your ED?
And this is just the short list. Now that
I’ve spouted off, know that I am also very
happy about a lot of things. We all have
so many things to be thankful for. We
have a great profession, as well as a great
professional organization in AHRA that
provides us with customized tools that
help us learn and grow. Somehow, as I
continue to grow, it’s more about feeling
challenged by things, and I am less tolerant of things I don’t like. You youngsters need to prepare to take over for us
Boomers. And if you are concerned you
can’t handle it … Stop it!
In the many years that you have kindly
allowed me to share my experiences and
crazy thoughts, I have written close to
100 articles. Or call them conversations.
What a gift it has been. I just wanted to
take a moment to thank you all.
Gordon Ah Tye, FAHRA is director of imaging and
radiation oncology services for Kaweah Delta Health
Care District in Visalia, CA. He holds a bachelor’s degree
in biological sciences from California State University in
Fresno. Gordon is a past president of AHRA, received the
AHRA Gold Award in 2001, and received the 2006
Minnie for Most Effective Radiology Administrator of the
year. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Gordon Ah Tye, FAHRA
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