Readers sound off on non-essential surgeries, gun stores and staying home
Added 04-01-20 03:13:02am EST - “Manhattan: So a 27-year-old multimillionaire who plays a game is able to get immediate surgery for a non-life-threatening injury at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Florida despite the Florida governor's order prohibiting any "medically…” - Nydailynews.com
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Manhattan: So a 27-year-old multimillionaire who plays a game is able to get immediate surgery for a non-life-threatening injury at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Florida despite the Florida governor’s order prohibiting any “medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency” procedures, while I, an 82-year-old woman who has been waiting more than five long, painful months for a hip replacement, had her surgery canceled by the same Hospital for Special Surgery in New York ("Pete blasts critics of Thor’s surgery amid virus chaos,” March 31).
Orthopedic surgeons are doctors who deal with quality-of-life issues among the most vulnerable of our citizens. Noah Syndergaard’s request for immediate surgery was backed by the team’s medical staff of course. His livelihood has lots more tomorrows in it than mine.
His operation was “defined as essential care” by the Florida hospital and “could proceed as planned.” How is this an ethical decision? Or is it based on his economic stardom? Clearly my agonizing wait, with no end in sight, doesn’t count against an elite sports figure who commands “essential care” and the use of scarce resources. He can stand and walk. I can’t. Susan Addelston
Flushing: Can someone please explain why liquor stores are “essential” businesses? Martin Goldman
Stoughton, Mass.: So the Department of Homeland Security has ordered New Jersey not to shut down gun shops as they are “essential,” yet Jersey makes up impossible laws for gun owners to comply with. How can the federal government order a state to keep gun shops open because they are “essential” yet that same state can make onerous gun laws that make it so hard for lawful citizens to get a gun license? Which law is law, the federal one saying citizens can possess firearms or the state law that infringes that right? Don Schwarz
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