"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?