So it all works out
I have to admit I had some hesitation about talking to a reporter doing a story on the financial aspects of raising a child like Maggie. When Rob Reuteman, the author of the piece contacted me I asked him specifically if this was going to be a "these kids aren't worth the money" piece. If it was, I didn't want to be part of it. He quickly assured me that was not the case and I found his story to be realistic without being alarmist. (check out the story here)
As we march into the abyss of inevitable budget cuts in California, I will not justify the government's support of Maggie and her peers. It is the responsibility of a decent government to care for its most vulnerable citizens. Besides, I know two things to be true: 1)We are saving the state a ton of money and 2) Maggie is a pioneer and deserves the government support.
The care Maggie is getting here, though costly, is far far far less expensive than it would be if she were living in a facility. She would have all the same costs PLUS lodging. Also, we can deal with things like her current pneumonia at home instead of in the hospital. One week in the hospital is about two months worth of in home care. In all of last year Maggie spent three days in the hospital, compared to weeks and weeks in other years. It is not that Maggie is healthier than in previous years, because she is not. It is because we can catch things early before they get out of hand and because the doctors know she will be well cared for at home and the we have everything we need.
Maggie is absolutely a pioneer and she benefits from the pioneers who came before her. The American government has always supported pioneers. We're not looking for a land grant, just the ability to live the life the medical advances saved. Medical technology and practice is improving every day. Medical advances are much faster than the social infrastructure. They can save people, but society doesn't have ability properly care for them. Society fumbles along to create the services that weren't there. By the time they are in place there is another level of care necessary. Maggie is in that "next level." But she's not the last. I have my daughter today because a mother a generation lost her daughters and the medical world figured out how to change that. Maggie is living the life she is so that a little girl a generation form now won't have to because medical advances will continue.
There is no question that caring for Maggie and others is expensive. Is it worth it? Yes, I think so but admittedly I'm biased. She's my daughter.
Let me ask you this. Is your daughter worth it?