The healthcare disparity in America

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Most of the public does not have proper medical insurance. They cannot afford to pay the fees of private doctors. Without medical insurance, it could cost a minimum of $250 to visit an internal medicine or family practice doctor. The co-pay is $ 20-25 if someone has insurance.
But the population who live around my workplace doesn’t like paying co-pay either, so they knock on our door, and we have to open the door for everyone because of our EMTALA law. The emergency department is a one-stop medical shop where people could get free healthcare without any judgment or paying anything out of pocket expenses. Over three months of the period, One woman had made at least eight emergency room visits to obtain a work excuse letter. First two visits, I did not mind writing her a work excuse letter. If my signature can save someone’s employment, I think I am worth more than the president. But how much will it cost the taxpayers? Can anyone imagine this? It costs $150-200 just registering in the emergency room. It costs a minimum of $ 275 to talk to an ED provider. Good luck with the additional cost from the hospital itself. A trip to the emergency room is luxurious and expensive, but still, everyone can afford it because of our inadequate healthcare system.

Most of the public does not have proper medical insurance. They cannot afford to pay the fees of private doctors. Without medical insurance, it could cost a minimum of $250 to visit an internal medicine or family practice doctor. The co-pay is $ 20-25 if someone has insurance.
But the population who live around my workplace doesn’t like paying co-pay either, so they knock on our door, and we have to open the door for everyone because of our EMTALA law. The emergency department is a one-stop medical shop where people could get free healthcare without any judgment or paying anything out of pocket expenses. Over three months a period, One woman had made at least eight emergency room visits to obtain a work excuse letter. First two visits, I did not mind writing her a work excuse letter. If my signature can save someone’s employment, I think I am worth more than the president. But how much will it cost the taxpayers? Can anyone imagine this? It costs $150-200 just registering in the emergency room. It costs a minimum of $ 275 to talk to an ED provider. Good luck with the additional cost from the hospital itself. A trip to the emergency room is luxurious and expensive, but still, everyone can afford it because of our inadequate healthcare system.

A few weeks ago, my blood pressure went so high, and I had lost complete vision in my right eye. One of the blood vessels close to the retina suddenly ruptured, which had caused the blindness. I was afraid of going to the hospital because it was my second stroke in the last two years. I am my enemy, so I deserve it. My co-pay for the emergency room is $250 compared to public health aid. I pay a high premium and a high deductible for my health and dental insurances. When I receive my final bill, I will have another stroke or heart attack. In my recent brain surgery, I paid about $30,000 out of my pocket.
Well, All those expenses saved my eyesight. Two different specialists immediately had come to the emergency room. Not to mention, a retina specialist had driven 30 miles to see me immediately. They did not know that I am one of them. I am not a celebrity. My profitable insurance has brought them to me. The specialist aspirated blood through my eye and injected the drug directly into the culprit blood vessels. The retina specialist told me while injecting the medicine into my eye, “This is important to do it right now because I can lose my vision permanently, and cells can die permanently.” How often do experts come to my emergency room? I refer my patients to specialists, but often my patients return to me with more complications. This makes me think about how diverse our medical system is. By paying high taxes and insurance, I was able to save my eye. How about if it happens to any of my patients? I have only one option of transferring them to the county or teaching hospital where a medical resident may benefit from getting experiences.
Being able to have good insurance and living in the high tax area, I had received the best medical care on time. What would happen to those people who live in government subsidy homes and depends on public health care? Will they have to wait for 3-6 months? Or will they accept blindness? What is the quality of life for those people?
Why do I have to pay more taxes and insurance premiums? Why don’t those people have access to the healthcare that I have just received? The answer is very simple. Our healthcare system is useless. We should have a universal health system. Okay, to have diverse cultures or faiths, but at least everybody should have universal healthcare.

5 thoughts on “The healthcare disparity in America

  1. Sigh, Munna Sara. I am sad to hear that you’ve had medical problems. Praying for you as a person and as a doctor. I know you guys are all overworked and over stressed at the moment. Please take the time to take care of yourself!!

    I absolutely agree on the universal healthcare thing. I am hoping America is a better place than our collective behavior sometimes suggests.

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    1. Thank you, Nora,
      I am making recovery but slow though. it is scary when a retina specialist injects medicine directly into my eye. Eyesight is improved but swelling and bruise are still there. Thank you, Nora. You are an awesome lady. God bless you.

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