Commentary

Politics vs. Patients

I have an article in today’s Carolina Journal that explains how one county’s aversion to private EMS is adding an extra element of danger to those with medical emergencies: Marc Pickard is clearly frustrated as he explains why a man who suffered a stroke last week did not receive faster medical attention. Pickard is the training director for Convalescent Transport, a private ambulance company in North Carolina’s Lenoir County. He notes that ââ?¬â?? even though his company sits across the street from the stroke victim’s house ââ?¬â?? county law prevented a Convalescent Transport ambulance from responding. Instead, the man had to wait for a county ambulance. This Monday he died. The complete article is available here.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.