Doctors, perhaps more than most of us, are used to long delays in being paid for their services.
From Medicare to insurance companies, there's a built-in lag time in stepping up to pay doctors for services that, when needed, were needed right away.
But doctors are dedicated to doing for their patients all they can as soon as they can.
So it is no surprise, but highly gratifying, to read the story from the Yakima Herald-Republic about Drs. Keith Butvilas and David Talbot of the PMH Medical Center Emergency Room staff.
PMH Medical Center was formerly known as Prosser Memorial Hospital.
According to the Herald-Republic, the doctors "each shelled out $1,000 of their own money to buy two King Systems video laryngoscopes for each of the hospital's two ambulances."
The scopes make it easier to clear the breathing passages of patients needing help, such as some accident victims and others.
The doctors said they bought the scopes themselves because they did not want to wait for the public hospital's capital expense request process, which would have pushed into next year.
"We wanted to get it out into our EMS providers much sooner," Talbot told the Herald-Republic.
This is first-class medical service in the true, idealistic spirit, which most people in the medical profession represent.
We'd like to thank these doctors on behalf of future patients who, as likely as not, may never even know their names.