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Who Cares?

Who Cares?

This is a big question, with many versions of what it means we can look at. We may have all asked this question at some point in our lives. In the context of healthcare, it is something that is a huge question. Who will give me care? That is an even bigger question in an environment where access to care is either rationed or withheld based on our ability to pay. This is not true for everyone, as we may have tremendous care that we pay little or nothing for personally. It is this disparity that is at the core of what many people are trying to change when it comes to access.

Who cares if I can get the help I need?

This is another version of the question we ask. In a competitive world with growing pressures on us all, we see people spending most of their energy looking after themselves and those closest to them. This can be a simple survival instinct, and in it’s worst form can be greed and selfishness. The belief that someone else should look after those who cannot look after themselves is not the kind of thinking we admire in others, is it? The premise that we have a responsibility as a society or a community, to help others is a long held belief that may be in peril in a society that focuses so much on the self.

This is not meant as a condemnation of a younger or older generation for being the cause. That would be too easy, and not really fair. My own generation (baby boomers) have been called a lot of things, and some certainly are not flattering and who cares? Well, I think words can be very powerful, so yes we should care to some extent at least. Assigning Gen X’ers or any other demographic an offensive label is just as rude and generally inaccurate.

Who cares? Well, lots of us care!

As mentioned in the beginning, there are many interpretations of the phrase who cares. It is a question and a statement depending on what context it is used. Generally dismissive unless we really are asking whether anyone cares about this or some other thing. It can be the access to care, as it impacts hep C. In reality, we all care about some things and hopefully some people-all people. That we care about ourselves is a good thing too as long as we do so with balance. There are people who care about us and in some cases even care for us when we need it. In summary, lots of people care, and that’s who cares, don’t you?

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