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 example 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.
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.