I really feel like if you have no health insurance in this country you will more than probably die. I know there are thousands of non-profit organizations who assist those who are in need, but did you know that you have to be basically dirt poor to be eligible for those kinds of services/aid? How about the person who works and has payments to make, but has no health coverage? Well, what usually happens is;
- they put up with it till they no longer can endure the pain and head off to the ER and get slapped with a ridiculous bill, and make monthly payments or
- if it’s a serious situation and need to be admitted you might just be taken care of enough so that you are stable and then sent off… and then cripple yourself from the stress of what will happen to you.
You might think that I am being cynical and just down right negative. Unfortunately I am far from it.
When my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer (stage 3B) she had insurance. Then my father was laid off, and I paid for her to be covered for a couple of months under COBRA… that was over one thousand dollars for two months. We couldn’t do it anymore, and the costs for chemotherapy, doctor’s weekly visits was impossible to maintain. We tried Susan G. Komen, and some other places who would provide assistance. Not one place would assist us… we made too much according to them based on our income tax last year (my parents made less than 29,000 a year in Miami, FL.). I was the primary bread winner for a family of four, and they said we made too much. I never realized that in order to get help for treatment you needed to be dirt poor, but not poor enough that you didn’t have a roof under your head.
My mother finally was able to finish off her chemo through a center here in Miami, which I thank everyday. The center ran on the minimum that the state offered, and it wasn’t uncommon for my mother to tell me how another person there passed away… we never heard that so frequently when she was receiving treatment under her insurance. The services provided by the oncologist that took on these special cases and were paid by the state had little to no attention to these patients. The same level of care was not received, testing was not ordered, and bed side manner was non-existent. Like I’ve said, I have worked in the medical field for over ten years now, and I am not one to take these sort of things lightly.
Maybe it’s because I have worked around doctors for so long that I know they shit just like you and me. I don’t allow that god-like complex that many now a days exude. I have called out doctors, and advised patients as to what they should do, yeah, I am that person. I know the loop holes, and I don’t like it when someone acts like they are hollier than thou. I don’t appreciate they way patients are treated now days, like they are just another number in the day. I loved the oncologist my mom had when she had insurance, she was compassionate and had a real care for each of her patients. My mother was hospitalized three times, had three surgeries (because of her breast cancer, this isn’t counting the other two cancers), and I all the while I kept a close eye on the treatment my mother received. I have the annoying tendency for some to research EVERYTHING. If I don’t know something, you better believe I will know it by tomorrow.
I have been suffering with a fever and other symptoms for the last four days. I have no insurance, and I have been calling doctor’s offices all day to see where I can afford to go. One place wanted to charge me $800… that is close to a mortgage payment!!!! What the hell is going on? I feel I’m better off lying here on the floor and wait to burn up (I’ll save on being cremated). Oh, these extortionist (other wise called doctors), won’t let you pay in two parts, they want their money up front. I hope I get insurance soon. As of right now, I have an appointment for tomorrow, I sure hope I keep it, or I might just go to the ER and see what the hell is wrong with me, and then pay my life little by little.