The Town of Sickville

By Dr. John Reizer

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Once upon a time, there was a small town named Sickville. Sickville was an economically thriving community and its entire financial well-being was dependent on a number of health care companies that regularly provided services to the many citizens living within its borders.

According to the local census bureau, Sickville had a population of 999. Approximately 450 of the townspeople were health care practitioners. The remainder of the residents worked in other health related occupations.

Many of Sickville’s citizens were staff members at one of six local hospitals. Others drove the 25 delivery trucks that routinely carried medical supplies to 35 community drugstores. The remainder of the population worked for the locally owned ambulance company. The small town proudly operated 50, state-of-the-art, patient transport vehicles.

Almost every resident of Sickville earned a good living. 98 percent of the population had no mortgage or…

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4 thoughts on “The Town of Sickville

  1. Janet June 19, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    I love this one. We have used it in the office for our patients for a few years.

    Miss those days at the college and especially philosophical applications class.

    Hope you’re well and enjoying life.

    Talk later!

    • Dr. John Reizer June 19, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Glad you’re well, Janet. Have a nice summer.

  2. Kimberly June 19, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Dr. John,

    I’m interested in your take on the Russian story about NASA and Apollo?

    Any chance you can comment on this? I know you’ve written about NASA and Apollo before.

    • Dr. John Reizer June 19, 2015 / 9:03 pm

      I’m writing it now, Kimberly. NASA’s in a difficult position. That’s what happens when you pull off one of the greatest hoaxes in modern history.

      Look for the post later tonight.

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