Tweet from Katha Pollitt
Confession. I have only watched a few episodes of the program. Too painful.
No lie. I know several people who failed to take this advice and have had to go begging for treatment or do without. I'm in the age demographic when this happens to a lot of Americans. I am so glad that I have managed care and have gotten accustomed to the strictures but also the adequate services of Kaiser.
What I have seen happen is that cancer patients run to the high-prestige centers like Sloan-Ketterling or Mayo Clinic only to find that they can't afford to be treated in those places. Or they are flat-out denied access.
They have had poor medical care all along but don't quite realize how bad it is until they get something really serious. I could tell you many a tale...
Kaiser is helping me to manage my health. Primarily, they provide diagnosis and treatment. They stress prevention. Around here they can't give us a lot of fancy frills, but the important things get taken care of. People who want more can pay extra, and that's OK. It's the basic stuff Kaiser provides that I appreciate. The stuff that makes it possible for me to lead a normal, active life although I have heart trouble.