Better Standard of Care

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The sliver of paper fluttered from my journal that read “value service ethical principle”. I am sure it was some matron I picked up in graduate school. I still  truly believe A social worker’s primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers elevate service to others above self-interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need and to address social problems. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their professional skills with no expectation of significant financial return (pro bono services). I believe this should not only be for my profession, but for all profession. I found a few newspaper clippings in my journal around “Expanding coverage with dental therapists and Medicaid reimbursements ” after this piece the local  Letter to the Editor was flooded with opinons one of my favorites read:

 One way to end the Medicaid crisis in pediatric and adult dental and medical care is to make licensure contingent on all physicians, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, and dentists agreeing to dedicate 10 percent of their office practice time to the care of Medicaid patients.

Spread the burden around, and no providers will get stuck with too much almost-free care. Patients will be better treated, healthier and eventually more productive — perhaps insured by other means and then continuing as better-paying patients for their care providers.

As licenses come up for renewal, of course we will see some people quit practice or move out of state, and they will be in one of two groups: those who are too old to change and well off enough to reject government intrusion, and those who would rather make as much money as possible than deliver care to everyone.

Oh, I can hear the vituperative moans already.-Frank Mitchell, M.D.,

I love this and believe providers should elevate service to others above self-interest. Social workers draw on their knowledge, values, and skills to help people in need. I recall penning in my childhood journal “I went downtown today to where the rich people go and I got new glasses today they look like rainbows.” I am sure this act played a part in leading me to become a clinical social worker. I am forever grateful to the Lions Club for my first pair of prescription eyeglasses. This gift allowed me to see a clear world and feel more confident. I wonder if others experience such wonderful moments that help define their life path ?

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