May 30, 2007

Why Fly When You Have Tuberculosis?

Have you heard about the nut who, after being diagnosed with a rare tuberculosis, takes two transatlantic flights?  Putting everyone at risk?  Especially after doctors managed to track him down in Europe to tell him his tuberculosis strain was "extensively drug [isoniazid and rifampin] resistant" and very dangerous, and ordered him into isolation?  Why would this nut do it?

The man told a newspaper he took the first flight from Atlanta to Europe for his wedding, then the second flight home because he feared he might die without treatment in the U.S.

He wasn't in the Sudan, or Kazakhstan-- he was in Italy. And he went to Prague to catch a plane to Canada SO THAT HE COULD DRIVE TO THE U.S.

I suggest everyone think long and hard about this, before we take any further steps down the road towards universal healthcare.   You can't give away what you didn't pay for.


5/31/07 Addendum:  AK (see comments) discovered that the guy is actually a personal injury lawyer.  That's irony.  And his new father-in-law is a CDC doc specializing in... go on, guess...