I wanted to comment on the letter by Cyril H. Wecht (“Immoral hypocrisy,” Sept. 26 and TribLIVE.com): I have respected and admired Dr. Wecht for his straightforward approach over his many years of public service, but his letter does leave me scratching my head.
Wecht talks about the inability of the court systems, in many cases, to provide adequate legal representation for indigent defendants. While I do not disagree with his statement, I also realize that Wecht has made many dollars over the years from being involved with the legal system in his professional capacity. If he has known that the system is so discriminatory, then why has he collected his professional fees and been involved with such an “unethical, immoral hypocrisy”?
Wecht also points out that medicine does not discriminate against indigent patients in its care for these people. I tend to wholeheartedly disagree with him on this assumption. While care may be given to these people, it may not be with the best medical staff available and it may not be for the length of time necessary for full recovery. Wecht fails to acknowledge such real problems and such discrimination.
Wecht fails to see that discrimination happens in these systems because often the number of dollars that can be pulled from people or third-party payers directly affects how a person is treated. The bottom line is often more important than the public service that is given. And this attitude is not going to change in our “free enterprise” society.
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