WHO KILLED JOHN DOE? BACKGROUND SHEET
Read the following information below and then complete the information at the end of the sheet.
John, age 54, was dead on arrival. His wife drove him into an emergency room at 2:00am, but even before she pulled into the driveway his tortured breathing had stopped. Successive attempts by hospital staff to revive him failed.
John's doctors said he was sorry. He could not make house calls as there was shortage of doctors and he was putting in an eighty hours workweek. Besides, Mrs. Doe had called at 1:00am on Christmas morning. The doctor had told her to rush to the hospital.
The hospital administrator was sorry. When the patient had asked to be admitted in the morning, his condition was not acute. The patient had used up his insurance benefits for the year and had no other resources. The hospital had exhausted the charitable reserve fund and was required to limit admissions to " Paying" patients or those who required emergency and acute care.
The caseworker form Dept of Health and Social Services was sorry. She had explained to the patient that the state health program would cover him only after he had incurred one hundred dollars in medical bills. If he entered the hospital without incurring the amount in the bill, the entire hospital stay would be disallowed for coverage by her office. It was the law.
The people who made the laws said they were sorry. They had to balance the state's budget at the time when highway costs and educational expenses were going up. Originally the bill to establish the medical benefits would have cost the taxpayers an estimated eighty thousand dollars annually. By strategic amendments, such as the one that discouraged John's admission, they saved the taxpayers three-fourth of the cost of the original bill, nearly 6 million dollars.
The people who elected the lawmakers were sorry. They had not wanted their taxes raised, so the voted for the candidate who promised to contain expenses and reduce wasteful govt. expenditure. When a few political leaders announced that taxes would have to be increased to continue human services, the votes sent letters to their representatives to prevent any such increase.
Mrs. Doe was sorry. She was sorry that her husband died on Christmas morning and she was also sorry that they had not saved more for their old age or joined more comprehensive insurance plans offered by the union. She especially regretted__________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (You complete the sentence)
Instructions: Most Responsible for the death - Rank 1 and so on…
Complete individual ranking first then discuss the case and give a group rank to each personality. Finally, the average of the group scores will determine the total group rank in the last column.
Individual Rank Team Rank
Who Killed John Doe? , By: VANDANA KHARE