The title is my favourite quote. The orginal quote here is “Love makes the world go round” but my experiences made me conclude that “love” should be replaced by “money”. Before you place your judgements, let me first explain why.
During the course of my clinical clerkship, I came to the conclusion that money is necessary if we want to help people. Our burning desire to help people and our talents alone will not be enough. In the hospital, I realized that patients will not do very well if they do not have the money to pay for medical bills. Another very sad reality is that healthcare is ridiculously expensive anywhere in the world. I have trained in both private and public hospitals and the situations in these two settings are no different. Even in public hospitals, healthcare is not free. Only doctors’ services are free. The patient has to buy most of the medicines and materials and pay for the laboratory tests. If the patient does not have the resources, doctors can do minimally to help them. Even if we give our services for free, if there are no materials to work with, there will be very little benefit to the patient. There have been countless times when doctors have spent their own money to care for their patients but there is only so much that we can give.
These harsh realities have prompted me to be interested in money…….in making money, in keeping or saving money and in growing or multiplying money. These 3 components form what I call “The Trinity of Money”. I am now focusing my money education on all three. I think it is unwise to leave out any one behind.