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August 11, 2019

CBS News: Elderly couple’s murder-suicide blamed on health care costs

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 05:27

Elderly couple’s murder-suicide blamed on health care costs
Health care costs consume more of Americans’ incomes than in any other country in the world

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  1. That is just so desperately sad.

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    Comment by john zande — August 11, 2019 @ 06:06

    • Hello John. Sad and infuriating. It is true what they felt, I have seen elderly couples die due to not being able to afford healthcare. Specifically caner treatments and insulin cost. Heck a lot of low income senors are me are struggling with food prices. This is the country stupid people chant is #1, the greatest country in the world, the wealthiest country, and yet our people don’t have what over a hundred other countries have, universal healthcare. Our people have shorter life spans now, less happy lives, far more stress, economic woes, all just to pad the profits of the already wealthy. Sickening. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 11, 2019 @ 07:49

  2. It is fewer than 20 miles to the Canadian border from that town. Too bad they couldn’t apply for refugee status at that border. Canadians get actual health care rather than the mining of sick people’s wallets by the “health care and insurance industry”
    Why is “industry” in that sentence? $$$$’s
    I could see being in that situation. My hubby has been rescued from bad medicine at least once by a really big friend “encouraging” the doctor to actually TRY to save his life.

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    Comment by MDavis — August 11, 2019 @ 20:14

    • Hello MDavis. I am very lucky. I have both insurance from my husbands work and Medicare. I went three years waiting to have my left hip replacement when my femur collapsed as I couldn’t afford the co-pays. Medicare pays the co-pays. However currently medicare doesn’t pay for all my needs like dental and glasses. In my area there are a lot of doctors and specialists. I have had three bad ones and I changed them. Most of of the doctors here are really good. I have a set of top notch doctors. Of course the relationship between doctor and PT is critical, you have to be able to talk to the doctor and have them listen, then try to solve the problem. I hope your hubby is doing better and has a doctor he feels is good for him. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 12, 2019 @ 05:54

      • Thank you, Scottie
        We have a decent chiropractor and a good dermatologist now. So that is progress. We tried to get him into the state’s VA system but they put up barriers at every step, and now when he contacts them they tell him they will no longer treat anything that is not service related. I don’t even know if this a s an artifact of this state or of the VA system nation-wide.
        We do have to go outside our town for medical, though. It’s a more than two hours of drive time every visit.

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        Comment by MDavis — August 13, 2019 @ 15:04

        • Hello MDavis. I am sorry to hear that . I was very lucky in W.P.B. as they had just opened the big 9 story hospital there and was able to get right in. I found out how fickle the VA system is when we moved over here to the other side of the state. The care at the time here was horrible. After I got into an argument with my new doctor about my hip replacement and he claimed i had not had one despite the scars, and then the “orthro” doctor seeing us so drunk he couldn’t stand up and fell into his chair, twice, Ron had had enough. He put me into the private sector medical care regardless of the cost and it did cost us. In being fair they have since build a new facility here but I have not bothered to try it.

          I am so sorry to hear that they are refusing your husband. This is unconscionable. I am not sure legally they can do that. If I remember right from a decade ago, if they can not treat you or treatment no available you can get tri-care totally free of any charges where you get to go to local doctors and the VA pays for it. I wish you both the very best. Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — August 13, 2019 @ 18:55

          • We’re in a medical facility desert here. Closest facility that can do surgery is maybe ten miles away, but every time we’ve gone there it’s ended badly. So the closest facility that hasn’t already proved itself unreliable (at best) is now 60 miles away, not counting driving around trying to find the correct address.
            This might have something to do with the hoops they have veterans jump through to get on at the local VA, I don’t know. There are resources for sending them off to war zones, but not for taking care of their needs when they return home.
            Sorry to here about your bad experiences. I wouldn’t go back there either, if possible.
            Tri-Care? Don’t you have to qualify for that before it is an option?

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            Comment by MDavis — August 13, 2019 @ 23:55

            • Hello MDavis. I have not used the VA for so long I don’t remember, I just know it was a thing and more recently the Republicans tried to use it as a talking point. Do you have a PT advocate? They use to have them to help PT’s navigate the system. When I had the VA in W.P.B. they were great. They did everything, including giving me a scooter and doing my right hip replacement for no cost to me. But it was so different on this side of the coast. Now they have build an entire new facility I hear is pretty good. I am sorry to hear of your situation with medical facilities. I recently posted about the closing of many rural facilities are closing due to the states refusing to expand Medicaid. It is true that in poor areas we need the government to pay for the healthcare the people can not afford. But Republicans think giving poor people healthcare is a sin against the capitalist gods. Here in Florida in the center of the state in South Bay, a place that needs as much healthcare as they can get, they were going to close the only medical facility in the area, a small hospital. Again the state wouldn’t help and denied more Medicaid, so the county stepped in. The place had no infrastructure and nothing to attract businesses. They were on the outer end of the county. I lived in W.P.B. and was proud the county voted to bond for the funds and put a lot of money into the town. New water plant, other improvements, money too keep the hospital open and hire staff. It worked, business moved in and last I knew the place was doing much better.
              I hope things get better for you when President Warren expands healthcare and makes the system fair and better for all. Hugs

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              Comment by Scottie — August 14, 2019 @ 05:41

              • Patient Advocates, I remember those. I don’t know if they have them now. I do remember we had one sometimes, then the indivicual would move on then there would not be one to be found then another one would show up and sometimes they would do a pretty good job. It just wasn’t a funding priority, as far as I can remember, and it was like others working in the VA.- you might get a good one, you might get one that was resentful about having to do this (? Maybe it was a student loan forgiveness req? I don’t know, but why were they there if they hated it?) So sometimes there were advocates, sometimes no.
                I should tell you about the shrinks, sometime. This one apparently didn’t realize that vets could get copies of their records.

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                Comment by MDavis — August 14, 2019 @ 11:27

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