Have you fallen for it?
Health care in America is the best it’s ever been, and getting better every day. However, the cost of health care and the availability of health care to the common people is at it’s most unreasonable EVER.
When Jim found out he had cancer, his wife was relieved that they had managed to maintain their ‘military privilege’ keeping available the health care services they’d had in the military. But the reality was much darker. Jim had been diagnosed with cancer two years earlier, but wasn’t told because his Doctors couldn’t justify the necessary treatment he would require. A return to the military doctors revealed a different sort of care justification, now that he knew. Yet, even then his care lacked the dedicated pursuit of good health that Jim’s friends had received in the cancer clinic. Wasn’t his life worthy of the same dedication to care as theirs?
Jodi arrived at the hospital after a tour with the insurance rep who had invited her to get to know the staff and care options where her insurance would pay full coverage for her delivery and child care. She was treated like royalty, with the nicest room, the best service and great meal options once she was allowed to eat again, after an emergency cesarean delivery.
Her sister, Denise arrived at the same hospital just two months later. Her husband’s job had shifted during her pregnancy, and although his company offered health care, she wouldn’t be added to the policy until after the baby was born. Her health care option was limited to the public option for care. On the public option, Denise was given limited care, a rushed delivery, and a room in the back corner of a forgotten wing where her husband suffered food poisoning from the lousy hospital food and she received no after delivery care, demanding almost 24 hours later (after nurses admitted they’d forgotten she was there) that she be released to go home with her healthy newborn baby, where her mother could care for her.
What insurance do you have? Will it cover the kind of care you’d hope to receive if you’re ever forced to rely on health care options. If you’re relying on the public option for your health care, are you okay with someone besides your Doctor and you determining what your best health options are? With the public option, you don’t have the final choice.
When Kendra found a lump in her breast, she thought she was well prepared for any ultimate need. But her health care denied coverage for many care options, including reconstructive surgery. How do you feel about that?
These case studies and many others are available by just listening to your neighbors. Your health care options are changing as you read.