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Several weeks ago, I visited my parents on the west coast.  While there, enjoying the ambiance and sprinkles and public transport and assortment of seafood, I got a cold.  It was a cold that woke me up several times a night to hack and cough.  Two days of this, while driving back home after staying in a lovely seaside hotel, I and my mother decided enough was enough, so we stopped into a walk-in clinic.

There were no patients at the time, so I was seen quickly.  I was diagnosed with bronchitis, giving prescriptions for antibiotics and cough medicine, and not charged a cent.

I went to a pharmacy, gave them my scripts, and my mother and I ate at a nearby restaurant while they filled it.  Again, the entire procedure was simple, painless, and free.

I'm not entirely convinced the infection was bacterial, but the cough medicine with codeine finally allowed me to sleep and conserve my energy for fighting the infection, which made me well for the trip home.

My question is, why, in the wealthiest country in the world, it can't be as simple as my treatment was?  I was sick, I got medicine for it, I got well.  So easy and simplistic and far less costly in the long run.  I even restarted my medication for bipolar disorder, and my main fear now is I'm working too many hours at my minimum wage job to get Medicaid next year.

Why should that be a fear?  Why should any citizen in the Country Club of the USA worry about not getting help when they're ill due to monetary reasons?  People aren't perfect.  We get sick.  We get injured.  We have things happen to us that need fixed.  Why isn't this part of our agenda?

I suppose I must be grateful that, for now, I have insurance, and can get the aid I need.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "You are not stupid. You are important. You mean something, and you're going to go out there and you're going to do some wonderful things." Justin Carmical

    by Anjana on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 03:27:50 AM PDT

  •  Well, I don't know if you remember, but... (5+ / 0-)

    Up until the 1970s, we all assumed our children's lives would be better than ours.

    Higher pay. More benefits. Vacations and retirement. Affordable education.

    That all pretty much disappeared around 1980, with the rise of conservatism in America, when we became defined not by what we aspired to be but by what we could no longer afford to do.

    College used to be the gateway to a comfortable upper middle class life. Now it's nothing but crushing student loan debt. Professionals and skilled workers could depend on pensions to make their end-of-life comfortable, but no more now.

    We define America now by what we can't do rather than what we can or what we hope to be. Yes, Medicaid is a miracle; the tragedy is not everybody has it, even though we could have it if only there was courage enough to demand it.

    "Don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine. They fall right out of the sky." -- Kaywinnit Lee Frye

    by Technowitch on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 03:48:37 AM PDT

  •  They give you antibiotics for Bronchitis (2+ / 0-)
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    Anjana, PanoramaCityChick

    because half the time at least it is bacterial, and even if it's viral it can lead to pneumonia sometimes if it sticks around too long. I've asked them about this as an asthmatic who gets Bronchitis WAY too often. Especially at a walk in clinic, they aren't going to run the test to find out if it's viral or bacterial, they may if you go to a regular hospital, especially if you're bad enough to be admitted.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:16:44 AM PDT

    •  The doctor suspected it was bacterial (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, PanoramaCityChick

      and I certainly took them.  Without observing an alternate timeline when I didn't take them, I can't really say if they did't help or not.

      All I know is I got better.  I'll admit that's what I care about most.

      "You are not stupid. You are important. You mean something, and you're going to go out there and you're going to do some wonderful things." Justin Carmical

      by Anjana on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:39:02 AM PDT

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  •  We ultimately need an... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...everybody in, nobody out solution. At this point, I don't give a hoot whether it is according to the French model, the Canadian/Taiwanese model or the German/Japanese model, but COVER EVERYONE, REMOVE THE PROFIT MOTIVE, MAKE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BEHAVE WITH THE FULL FORCE OF LAW OR GET RID OF THEM.

    Until then, thank Goddess and Barack Obama for MediCal.

    We STILL need Everybody In, Nobody Out health care in the USA.

    by PanoramaCityChick on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 10:58:44 AM PDT

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