I would like to share a personal story about HEALTH CARE in this Country. I’m not trying to make your decisions, I am however, trying to understand the stupidity of Doctors who use scare tactics if you don’t have Health Care. I’m not happy over the fact that I am a widow raising to 2 teenage children on my own. My husband, who was the main bread winner, died leaving me his debt that I am obligated to pay. I was given no choice. I applied for health insurance after his health coverage cancelled the policy because of his death. I applied with a Health Insurance Company, but my children and I were denied because I take thyroid medication and my children’s doctor would not release their medical history because they were minors. I was never given the option of allowing their medical files to be released. It’s hard to know what to do when you are confronted with a situation you have never had to handle. I’ve grown up since then and the stress I went through with my husband’s death that took a while to get over.
In that while of growing up I kept hearing my Great Grandfather telling me as a child to “pay attention to your surroundings”. What I found in my surroundings was arrogant self serving people who only cared about how much they used you and made in dollar signs, off of you.
3 years and 9 months ago on New Year’s day my daughter was called by a neighbor to come and babysit their 9 year old daughter. The father of the child was playing golf and afterwards drinking at the “Counry Club”. The mother left her child home alone while she went to the bar. The girls were watching T.V. when the father came home and told them to go outside and play on the trampoline. What do kids do when they are told by adults to do something, they usually do it. My daughter broke both of her lower leg bones in half. The father had left, didn’t tell the girls and when his daughter called him he refused to come home.
My daughter laid on a trampoline for 30 minutes in pain because the father didn’t believe it actually happened when his daughter called him. My daughter finally called me and I showed up before the father who was closer to the house than I was. $34,ooo.00 in medical bills and a lawsuit that has taken 3 years and 9 months to settle and I lost my job staying home to take care of her for 6 weeks because there was no one else to do it. My daughter couldn’t even get to the bathroom by herself. I was denied State benefits to cover her medical bills because I had a retirement account left to me by my husband.
I was unemployed because the economy fell and jobs were suddenly hard to come by in the state of Arizona.
Fast forward to this year in June. My 16 year old son, an honor student, was complaining of pain in his rib cage and chest area. His doctor requested I send him to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He was in the hospital 6 hours on an EKG machine. Three doctors said all he had was inflammation in his rib cage. He was given Ibuprofen and was fine, until the Cardiologist’s office called to do another EKG. My sons entire hospital bill was $1300.00 for 6 hours, the Cardiologist charge me $847.00 for one EKG and my son was in that room with a nurse practitioner for 10 minutes. Several days went by before that office called and wanted to do a stress test I refused because of their prices and the nurse practitioner told me on the phone he was extremely ill and could drop dead at any moment and I would be responsible. I didn’t believe her so she had the Cardiologist call me to tell me the same thing over the phone. They gave gave him an echo gram instead and did not charge me. They waited a week to give me the result that showed nothing. So they re-asked for the for a tread mill test at no charge, however the bill came later, over 800.00 dollars. Then they wanted to do an MRI for $10,ooo.oo that had to be paid up front. He didn’t get the test.
Every test my son had he was told NOT to EAT before that test. The nurse practitioner showed me a comparison to the hospital tests and told me he was extremely ill.
I’m not that stupid, I got a second opinion by 2 doctors. I was told to make sure he had food on his stomach before the EKG. In the end the only thing wrong with him was he drank to much water that flushed all of his electrolytes out of his body. He was told to drink Gator Aid and he has been fine every since then. His EKG’s have been normal since.
My point to this blog, for those of you who want to call Government Health Care Socialized Medicine I really could care less, you can call it whatever you want. I have dual citizenship with Ireland, however, when I was living in England I fell and broke my ankle. I was taken to the hospital, a cast was put on and I didn’t pay a dime of money I didn’t have. There are millions of citizens in this Country who can’t afford Health Insurance and just can’t get it because of a “pre-existing condition”.
By the way, my son was also denied State Health Care because I receive Social Security Death Benefits that the State of Arizona claims to be more than enough that is suppose to go to health insurance and a college fund. Obviously, they haven’t checked the price of food, gas or the job market in Arizona lately and I am State Licensed in my profession. I’m lucky to work 3 days a month.
It’s really sad that political promises by State Officials are nothing more than promises and a bag full of lies. Be very careful of who you vote for in your State next year.