I loved the movie Sicko. It left me really considering moving to Europe (I live in the U.S.). When I first started getting symptoms (before diagnosis) I was between health insurances, b/c I had just graduated college and just started a new job. I had to wait a month at my new job until my insurance kicked in. I eventually went in for a few appointments because the pain and other symptoms became severe, but if I would have had insurance that whole time, I probably could have avoided the severity of what I went through.
I am now insured through my job, but it scares me to think of what might happen if I get fired or have to quit because I get really sick or a family member gets sick and I want to take care of them. I've also always wanted to travel...well, I can't just pick up and go somewhere now for longer than the 5 days of vacation per year I receive. It also sucks that I have to think about
healthcare as a deciding factor in what type of job I take. If I want to be self-employed or work for many small businesses, I will be denied for individual insurance. It's a bunch of B.S. And, yeah, I couldn't believe other countries paid patients for transportation, and that the prescript
ions were so cheap! That would be so nice.
Oh, and we don't always get to see doctors right away. In order to see a specialist, we often have to wait months to get in.
Our system is truly screwed up and something needs to be done about
it. Hopefully, the president elected next November will make some serious changes to our health care system.
The other thing in Sicko that made me mad was how little vacation time most of us in the U.S. receive compared to many European countries. We work way too much, IMO.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil