If the reports are correct, Beyonce Knowles gave birth to her baby girl this evening, which is wonderful cause babies are awesome. (Especially when they’re not mine. Cause I don’t think it’s a spectacular idea to have my DNA scattered about. One of me is quite enough.)
What bothers me a bit is the rumor that she was able to rent out an entire floor of the hospital for 1.3 million dollars. I don’t know how many rooms that is at Lenox Hill Hospital, but I don’t like the idea that people who may have needed one of those rooms couldn’t get one because they were basically outbid… I understand her desire for privacy, but any people who may have actually *needed* a room on that floor probably wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about who may or may not have been down the hallway, because they may have been more concerned with getting medical care. My other rumination on this is that if you’re THAT concerned about privacy and you’ve got that kind of money to spend, why not just have a birthing room set up at home?
Where I’m especially conflicted is that I’ve essentially done the same thing with my grandmother in the past 17 months, which makes me just as much of an asshole. And I’d rather not be, but there you go. Until this month, my grandmother been a single resident in a semi-private room – what the care center bills as a “suite”. Did she need a suite? Absofreakinloutely not. But she landed in one when she got there, I wasn’t smart enough to tell them to move her to a regular private room immediately, and by the time I figured it out, moving her would have been detrimental to her mental health. (She’s now to a point where moving her to the regular room across the hall won’t bother her. She is now in the room across the hall.) So, much like Beyonce, I managed to have my grandmother taking up two beds rather than one, and someone might have needed that other bed, especially since it would have been at a semi-private rate.
I’m still mad at myself that my decisions basically took up a bed in the care center that someone else may have needed. Beyonce pretty much cleared out the entire wing.
If this isn’t a sign that there is something not quite right with health care, I’m not sure what is. I have no problem with being able to get what you need. But my grandmother never needed a suite, but because she could pay for it, screw anyone else that may have needed that other bed. And Beyonce didn’t need the whole floor, but because she could pay for it, screw anyone that may have needed one of those rooms.