So this is highly disturbing….
Then, a few years back, he got diabetes, and got bad medical advice, and got very sick. He dropped out of the scene for five or six years.
Then he found us.
About a year after coming to my clinic I’m proud to say he is once again healthy, happy, and ready to work. I saw him about a month ago, he had many resumes out and was cheerful over his prospects.
Today, when he came in, he was so depressed that I knew something was wrong the second I saw him. Que paso? I asked him.
Victorio had gone in for an interview. It seemed to be going well, and he personally knew a number of the board members. It was an outfit whose cause he believed in, and he felt he was a good cultural fit for the organization.
Then at the very end of the interview, something unexpected and strange happened.
“How is your diabetes?” Asked one of the interviewers, “I had heard that you had been very sick.”
After a shocked moment Victorio replied, “Very well, thank you for asking.”
A week later he received a form letter thanking him for applying, but the board had selected another applicant. Well, these things happen, thought Victorio. Until about a week later when he discovered they had hired a very young man with no relevant experience.
He made some calls and finally an old friend, who told him he’d deny the facts if ever asked, told Victorio what really happened behind closed doors. The non-profit decided that they couldn’t risk taking on my patient because of what having a diabetic on the payroll would do to their insurance rates.
(Collective cry of rage from blogosphere.)
Now this is disturbing on so many levels I don’t know where to start. Forget about the discrimination issue for the moment, and the violation of federal law it represents. It saddens me that insurance has gotten so out of control that its cost even figures into hiring decisions at all. The fact is the board is probably right. They are a small non-profit. They could go under if their health care costs go too high.
But what does this say about our society?
My patient loses.
The non-profit loses, not being able to take advantage of Victorio’s skill, intelligence, and experience.
The population served by the non-profit lose, by not having the best management to guide the mission.