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Cocktailing: Bars in Hospitals? Why Not?


It is no secret that we as a nation are struggling with how to make healthcare affordable and available for everyone. The Republicans are afraid that after the socialization of their beloved banks that the state might try to subsidize health insurance too. But fret not, there is a business opportunity to be had that can no doubt bring about lower healthcare costs. Hospitals need bars in them. Certainly it is a place where we could all use a drink, from patient to doctor to visitor, there is plenty of stress that a little highball could do wonders for.

Patients could frequent the bar assuming that it would not threaten their life to combine a drink with whatever drugs they might be on. For those that feel that alcohol is bad for you, certainly alcohol can't be any worse for you than hospital food, which has the nutritional value of a Twinkie and looks like it was cooked by a Fear Factor chef. Furthermore, alcohol when mixed with the right tincture or tonic can have great health benefits as gin and tonics have prevented malaria for hundreds of years.

Guests to the hospital could drink at the bar in times of celebration. The bar could have an events room for special occasions such as births, knee replacement surgeries, or heart transplants. These are all happy days and nothing says cheers like a bottle of champagne. Why drink it in an institutional mint-green hospital room when there could be a beautiful space just for this purpose right there in the hospital?

Last but not least, anyone who has been to the doctor lately knows that they were lucky to spend 15 minutes in his or her presence. Nothing brings people together quicker than the social lubricant alcohol. Three drinks into it, patient and doctor will be with arms around one another singing their old favorite college tunes, and who couldn't benefit from that sort of love?

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