Friday, November 14, 2014

Sending doctors to ebola outbreaks should be a last resort, not a first

We as a society spend a huge amount of money to train a doctor.  We have very few of them and never enough for all the needs of the people.

Consider what it means when you plan to send your doctors overseas to an ebola infection zone.  I'm not saying that we shouldn't send help. I'm not saying we should do nothing.

I'm saying that we should come up with an alternative - like hiring less qualified medical people to go in their place after they take an intensive disease training course to combat that one disease.  We have lots of unemployed medical workers we could train and deploy without risking all our doctors.

If we train people and send them on a six month contract, with life insurance, we have now trained an extra cadre we in society could use later on if we need them.

Sending our doctors should be a last resort, not a first resort.