Healthcare – a personal experiance

 

The post below was written by me back in November of 2010. My mother has since passed however it is as relevant today as it was back then due to what I perceive as the degrading of our healthcare system due to Obamacare. What I and many others have experienced in the past is only going to get worse. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Readers requested me to bring back some “Blasts from the Pasts”….here we go.  – – Rourke

 

My elderly mother has bone cancer. Lately she has not been doing very well – mostly emotional issues and symptoms from chemotherapy.

I had to take her to an Urgent Care Center over this past weekend due to severe back pains. The experience was ridiculous. We arrived to the facility and of course had lots of paperwork to fill out. Filling out the paperwork was an experience itself. I had to fill out he same information several times – sometimes even on the same piece of paper.

There were not very many people there when we arrived – possibly 6 people. I had thought the wait would not be long. It was. This 79 year old women with severe back pain and she just has to sit there and suffer. It was probably about 1 hour and 15 minutes before her name was called. We had to go to another waiting room – where we had to wait another 1 hour.

So – a total of about 2 hours and 15 minutes may not seem like a very long time  – but to me – and my mother – pathetic.

By the way – the general physician found nothing wrong and nothing was done to solve the problem. As I am typing this she is being taken by ambulance to the hospital. Tax dollars well spent yet again.

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At the hospital – things got no better. I am not going to make this post any longer than it needs to be – but most of the experience at the hospital was negative. Here are a few examples:

  • Mother vomiting for hours – and no nausea medicine provided even thought that was included in doctors orders
  • Calling a nurse – multiple times – and waiting for over an hour for her to finally show up
  • Went 3 days and saw the doctor once
  • Mother in severe pain 1 hour after taking pain killers – called nurse 2 times and 1 hour later she shows up
  • Requested a strawberry flavored Boost – 1.5 hours later it still hasn’t shown up. Nurse comes in – tell her for the 2nd time that it hasn’t shown. She calls Food Services – it shows up 15 minutes later. Pathetic.

I have a lot of positive experiences with our health care system – all of them within the confines of my excellent insurance provided by my employer with scheduled visits/procedures. Emergencies and urgent care situations – my experiences have been horrible.

Health care has been a major talking point within the political arena for quite some time. The recent Congressional passage of the Obama Health Care Plan I firmly believe will do nothing but make the health care system less efficient and less able to provide the care that people will need. I also firmly believe that with the great minds in this country – and the unbelievable technology and resources available – the healthcare system could be so much better. It is greed for money and power that prevents true positive “change” from occurring.

Sorry if I am just rambling….about something not exactly the normal content for this blog. Health care is important. I think the better we are able to take care of ourselves the better we will be – even if TSHTF never happens.

Rourke


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8 Comments

  1. I can truly relate to ur blog, Rourke. I spent the entire year of 2010 in hospitals, clinics, and numerous offices of medical specialists. It started with prostate cancer showing up in my annual physical taking 3 months of radiation therapy; then I had two ER admittances for infections – one and maybe both caught while in the hospital (the one could not be cultured and was never diagnosed and took three months to cure using 2/day treatments taking 2 hours of self-administered anti- biotics); the mystery infection invaded my 5th lumbar for reason and ate it in half resulting in a back operation; while preparing for this operation I received an ultra sound and an aneurism was found the size of an orange on my aorta delaying the previous operation for a month so the aneurism could be operated on; on December 17th I had my back operated on; in July of 2010 I had a colonoscopy done to boot.

  2. Over the course of 2010 I was in waiting room situations over 60 times and my average waiting times were between 3 and 4 hours. That means I sat waiting over 200 hours in doctor’s offices and averaged 8 minutes in the exam rooms and most of them resulted in nothing being done, but talk, xrays, and going home with prescriptions. I cannot speak for the 2 operations I had, but thank God they were successful. I would have to be approaching death to ever allow myself into a hospital again. They are a festering germ/virus/filth infested place that is not fit for a human being. I feel sorry for the nurses, workers, and doctors who have to work in these hospitals.

  3. I’m not sure exactly how to broach this subject, but I feel the need to say something,(I’m sure the negative comments will pour in), but here it goes. My husband and I do not have health insurance, therefore we do not go to doctors. Neither of us have been seen by a physician in almost 30 years. We have lived through broken bones, numerous injuries and illnesses. All treated at home. We have agreed with each other that when our time comes, we will go without struggle. Its just that simple. I realize that some want to live forever, or longer than they should via the medical community with drugs, chemicals, machines and those insurmountable medical bills … but that is not our choice. We live simply, and we will die … simply. I wish you all good health for as long as God wills it. Terrie

  4. Seems to me that you need to shop around for a new clinic/hospital (if feasible). My own experience with hospitals in central Arkansas have been both positive and negative. In 04/2010, I woke up at 4am with a pain in my chest. Woke up the Mrs. and headed to our local hospital. No waiting obviously but after having an EKG I was told it was not my heart and to go home. No treatment for the pain or an effort to ascertain the problem. I was very PO’ed, but went home. Two weeks later it happens again at 3AM. This time we went to the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Again an EKG failed to reflect a cardiac issue. But here they admitted me and spent did some tests which came that it was the old gall bladder. It was taken out a few days later at the Heart Hospital. Apparently, there are so many people coming in with chest pain that is traced to the gall bladder that they have a surgeon on call for gall bladders. Two different hospitals with two radically different outcomes. Oh as an aside my out-of-pocket expenses for the first hospital was around $1,600 and only $400 for the Heart Hospital including the follow-up surgery.

  5. Many years ago when I was 19, I was married to a girl who liked to stress me out, so much so that I got ulcers in my stomach. Of course I didn’t know what it was at the time, I just knew I was throwing up blood and that wasn’t normal. Anyway went to emergency room and waited two and a half hours, when they called me for my vitals they ask what my problems were and I said I just wanted this to be over with. I was referring to the eternity I spent in the waiting room, she got up went around the corner and then came back and took me to a room with a couch and a chair. I thought man they must be busy, nope they assumed by my just wanting to get it over with remark, they thought I was suicidal. Had to explain what I meant, after I was sent back to the waiting room and just left about thirty minutes later. Now, unless I think I am going to die I don’t go. Oh they also let me drive myself home one time after they gave me the migraine cocktail…

  6. My girlfriend and I were walking across the street a few years ago and got ran over by a 19 year old girl on a cell phone. I broke my nose, she tore some muscles. REMSA came and took us to the hospital. I didnt have insurance – she did. The treatment wasnt all that different. They left both of us on gurneys in the hallway for about 2 hours before they gave us a room. The thought I was bleeding from my brain but didnt really speed things up. My nose was tore open and had dirt in it. They didnt clean it out because it wasnt “life or death” and I didnt have insurance. I now have a scar on the tip of my nose that wont go away and has dirt under it. The plastic surgeon said it was called “tramatic tattoo”. My friend (who had insurance) sat in her room without much help for a few hours as well before being tended too.

  7. On the flip side though, my daughter has had 3 open heart surgeries and other proceedures for a congenital heart defect. We’ve always had insurance during those times and have never experienced anything except stellar service and care for her. This was a different, high profile hospital in California though.

  8. The VA system is no better, on Jan. 15th I had my annual visit and prescription renewal, they forgot to put in the prescription, which I found out a week later and nothing showed up in the mail. After many calls and finally being able to leave a message for my assigned nurse she called on Jan. 31 in the late after noon, I explained my problem of not having my meds for two weeks and the problem of leaving a message she contacted the doctor a faxed a prescription to the local Publix and finally on Feb. 1 I picked up a few days worth of pills.

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