Over the past couple of years a lot of things have changed in my life, but one of the biggest events has been the diagnosis of my fiancé with epilepsy. The scare of epilepsy doesn’t ever really affect you until someone close to you is diagnosed. Now the disease has its own health concerns and life-changing circumstances (no driving, no alcohol, etc.), but luckily there is treatment. The only issue with treatment though, is that it cost money; And not just a few bucks here or there, but it costs a TON of money. His medication alone, which he needs to take every day to avoid having an episode, costs 300 dollars a bottle. My heart goes out to the parents going through this Epi-Pen crisis. What can you do if your policy runs out and you can’t afford the increasing price of a new plan? What if you miss the enrollment period all together?
Healthcare masquerades as a way for people to get treatment, but its really a business. If you can’t afford healthcare you have 2 options: Pay out of pocket or don’t get treatment. Actually you have 3 if you include just incurring debt over your lifetime and having no intention of ever paying it back. Even now with the system of Obamacare in motion, 44 Million Americans go without healthcare every year and I understand why. Not only do policies cost as much as rent, but they’re not always easily obtainable either. Nick tried to enroll more than a few times for medicaid and after 6 months of going to the social services office and phone calls and paper work, before one generous soul informed him that he missed the enrollment period and would not be eligible for enrollment until November. So now we see first hand just how intangible having adequate care actually is.
Now with a vendetta in my mind against the lie of what accessible care was meant to be, I began researching. I figured out that healthcare is designed for the business’ behind the policy. If you can’t afford care, you’re worthless to the company thats pretending to care if you’re sick. And not only that, but in the US we aren’t even getting the best care, as we saw in class. So basically: You can’t afford a plan that you probably have to work very hard to obtain in the first place, and the care you eventually get isn’t even worth it? But wait, theres more! Now with all of that information in your mind, add to it the idea that if you’re healthy, you also don’t mean anything to the business holding your policy. If you’re poor you don’t get care, and if you’re healthy you won’t need treatment so that means: no surgeries, no medication, no copays for visits-which all means no money being spent.
Its pretty sad and depressing that this is the kind of society we are in and nothing is being done about it. I for one would LOVE to move to Japan right about now.
P.S. Something else to chew on: If healthcare is a business, driven by sick people, do you think its a coincident that 5 McDonalds are down the street from neighborhoods occupied by families that can’t afford treatment once they develop diabetes, obesity or cancer?