"Since I have no insurance I was denied the right to speak to someone who could help me."
Something as fundamental as medical treatment should be available to EVERY citizen. It is the only institution for which I support socialism. We regard free speech as an inalienable right. We even revere the sanctity of contracts and property ownership. Shouldn't basic medical treatment (especially during a potential emergency) be at least equally valued?
It can/has been argued that socialized medicine degrades the overall quality of health care. But, that ignores the plight of the uninsured person who is getting NO treatment whatsoever.
Hybridmoments also wrote:
"And one of the ladies there told me to just go home and eat ice cream and that would make me feel better."
Unless she is a doctor, nurse practitioner, or other person qualified and licensed to give medical advice, she should not have offered ANY advice. A twenty-something girl sitting behind an E.R. computer once told me that I had congestive heart failure. [I didn't/don't have it]. It took her a grand total of perhaps 90 seconds to arrive at that diagnosis. I was stunned by her audacity.
Insurance or not, I have learned that you must be your own best advocate when dealing with the medical profession. It doesn't hurt to have another advocate (friend, relative) working on your behalf behind the scenes. Without self advocacy, you run the risk of being pushed aside the moment your case becomes hard to diagnose.
Dave, two daughters: Echo and Holly. Hence the screen name -- DavEcHolly
Post Edited (davecholly) : 2/22/2011 11:18:25 PM (GMT-7)