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Less educated will cost society more

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

We've finally reached a point in this nation's history where we recognize we have to treat dumb people differently than bright people. Politically correct advocates talk in terms of education versus those with limited education. But the bottom line is that some segments of our population lack the intellectual skills to be responsible and to function up-to-speed with the majority of society. Let's just accept that for what it is.

Let's assume that dumb people have difficulty following instructions. I'm not talking about people with legitimate developmental problems. I'm just addressing slow thinkers who may have difficulty voting, for example. Heck, I might even fall in that category from time to time. Duh!

But now there is a growing school of thought that since these slow thinkers take more of society's time to address, there might need to be some form of compensation for those who have to take the extra time to deal with their slow thinking. The movement is starting within the medical community.

A new study just released shows that the less educated (remember politically correct) don't follow medical instructions as well as the educated. For example, some medications require a specific sequence of times to be taken and a complicated set of instructions. Educated folk, the report indicates, have little difficulty in following their doctor's instructions. Less educated folk however often fail to follow those instructions. To better address these challenged patients, some doctors recognize that several follow-up visits are required or daily monitoring to assure that these special patients follow instructions. And now some are advocating that the doctors should be compensated for these follow-up phone calls to monitor their instructions.

Are you following me?

Since we recognize that some people are too dumb to be responsible in their medical care, doctors feel - and appropriately so - they should be paid for the time and trouble to assure their instructions are being followed as prescribed. That will eventually mean higher insurance premiums for those who do as instructed to pay for those who do not.

But to me at least, this is nothing radical. I believe society pays a premium in countless ways for those too dumb to do the right thing.

Maybe you don't find this as amazing as I do. But I can't help but be amazed that at long last we recognize that some people are just too darned dumb to function effectively in society and, as a result, others will have to pay for their lack of responsibility.

Go figure!

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