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Readers share their experiences of health care in the USA.

A KKB regular writes:

My mom has a heart problem and diabetes, and we go from either her not having insurance at all, and my worrying if she’s even taking her medications, to her having insurance, paying crazy amounts, and then having it not cover any of her medications as a “pre existing” condition. (Which is why the late Ellora’s Cave checks infuriated me. It’s not that they were depriving me of the latest gadget/spending money. They were depriving my mother of her live saving medicines, because when things get tough, I buy mom’s medicine for her.)

My father died of cancer, and I feel that he might have lived, or we at least might have had more time with him (diagnose to death time = three months) if he’d had quality insurance/better coverage.

If you wish to share your own health care experiences, please email me at hairylemony @ gmail.com


  • HeatherK
    August 20
    12:28 pm

    I know how you feel. I can’t help but wonder if my grandmother had had better insurance, we would still have her. Why? I do believe the official cause of death was listed as kidney failure and complications from a heart attack. It all began when she suffered a mild stroke after having knee replacement surgery. She went into rehab.

    While there, she got a regular ole, run of the mill UTI (urinary tract infection), which is what ultimately lead to the kidney failure and her death. If they had done their jobs correctly and noticed it sooner, it could have been treated. Instead, we were forced to watch her suffer her last few hours. She was the last of my grandparents.

    In fact, at one point the doctor even made the comment, “Well, she IS 84.” So what? What does age have to do with it? She’s 84 so she doesn’t deserve decent medical care? Idiots.


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    (Wording is lame, I know) OFA Meeting.


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