I just hung up the phone with a friend whose sister is ill….with no diagnosis and, apparently, little hope of a diagnosis or significant pain control or other help…negligent help all because she had to resort to Medical and the doctors just throw her around from one specialist to another like a badly played volleyball game….out of bounds, into a player’s face, over the line. She tells me her sister waits a month for an MRI, then waits 2 weeks to get it read, then another 4 weeks to get into the doctor, then that doctor she waited 4 weeks for tells her she has to see another specialist whose office tells her he’s booked for the next 3 weeks…etc., etc.,
This friend’s sister, I’ll call her Molly, is basically undiagnosed now for six months. She is in incredible pain and she has unexplained symptoms which are worrying her and her family.. Molly hasn’t worked for a while and had to resort, finally, to Medical for health insurance.
A friend of some means finally offered to pay for her to get some help , out of his pocket, when she had to go to the ER today. Instead of the government being grateful they wouldn’t have to pay for Molly, the hospital warned her “If you are paying out of pocket on this, you’ll lose your Medical.” Molly’s on her way to a hospital in downtown L.A. which does take Medical, meaning she’ll be with Bowery bums, other homeless, illegals, etc., etc, etc. So, wait…if you CAN pay for some hospital work, you’re knocked off the poverty lists, is that right? AND, if she can pony up private health insurance, so she can get some meaningful HELP, out of the disability money she’s just started getting, they’re thinking she’d then lose her disability!
I’m speechless. Do you have stories like this? Are we NUTS?