6.21.2011

Pushing the Limit: Going to Jail for Medical Care

My friend showed me this article titled "Man Robs Bank to Get Medical Care in Jail" today about a man who came up with a plan to rob a bank, just so he could receive medical treatment in jail. Ironically he handed the teller a note that only asked for $1 so that he was only charged with larceny (resulting in a shorter term in prison compared to grand theft). He lost his job and ended up working at a convenience store, but couldn't deal with all the heavy lifting. As a result he found himself jobless and in misery with pain in his back, foot, and chest along with carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Did his plan work?
It did, and he is now in jail and seeking the medical treatment he initially wanted. He skips meals often so he doesn't interact with the inmates and when he gets out, he plans to move to the beach.

It is so astonishing to see what extremes people are coming to because of the economy. As I type this, I'm coming up with a fever and a sore throat...so I'm no stranger to illness; my immune system just seems to be cursed. Luckily I have insurance, however, the yearly deductible is $700 and I don't go to the doctor that often so it seems as though I pay a lot for insurance. I can't imagine what it's like to be in this poor man's shoes where he ended up with jail as his only option for medical treatment. Since I work in the healthcare industry (not directly but that's the industry I draft up contracts for), there always seems to be treatment centers that help indigent patients - patients that are uninsured and can't meet certain income expectations. I wonder if this man did enough research to get all the help he could?

Interested to hear your thoughts... how is it that criminals get healthcare but non-criminals can't? Do you think this man was wrong to "use" jail as his only option?

6 comments:

Counting all my stars and saving it said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! that is a very drastic matter to take for health insurance. Like everything else the system is messed up. I wish we all knew exactly why they use our hard earn money to clothe, feed and provide health care to the criminals that not only destroy our nation but sometimes does mental damage to others with their crimes. Sure not all criminals are the scum of the earth but it's only a small percentage of them that I can actually say that to. We are just a way too forgiving country I guess.

shoppingtosaving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

^Totally agree. We always have to help others and other countries but not our own regular tax-paying people.

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't think he might have looked into all his options.

I also don't think it is fair that criminals can get health care and non criminals can't.

In this situation I wouldn't say the man is wrong. Choosing jail time is a big sacrifice of freedom so he still has to take some punishment for his decision. I can imagine being in unbearable pain, I can't say I wouldn't do the same if it was my only option but I would try my best not too.

On the extreme side, he didn't hurt anyone or actually steal any money so no harm really done and he avoided debt.

Tasmanian Vegan and Minimalist said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Golly, this is an interesting post. I have often wondered how come people in jail get certain things ( University education as one, gym membership etc ) that those on the outside don't or can't afford. Whilst it is a sad extreme that people sometimes go to, it does demonstrate that things aren't as they should be !

littlemermaid11 said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Prisons in the U.S. cost too much. Inmates from my home country and China have to grow vegetables, do construction work, and many other heavy duty tasks, with little medical care.

Paula @ AffordAnything.org said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Why couldn't he just go in for treatments, and then default on the bill? Then the worst that could happen is a bad credit report, or possibly a lawsuit. At the very least, he wouldn't go to jail. We're fortunate to live in a country where you can't go to jail for being a debtor.

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