I work at private hospital as an “intake coordinator” which means I’m the gatekeeper who qualifies individuals and makes appointments for those with sufficient health insurance. I also coordinate treatments and travel logistics for patients who are traveling from out of town — this all makes me some people’s hero and other people’s zero.
At least 10 times a day, I get calls from people on welfare. I feel for them, I do. They deserve medical care and thankfully, the vast majority of them are taking advantage of assistance that allows them access to health care through some sort of government program. In spite of some very rare, highly publicized cases, it’s extremely rare in this country if an uninsured, acutely ill patient is completely deprived of medical attention. In fact, it’s quite possible to get excellent medical care on Medicaid (the government low income health assistance program) or even free care depending on how resourceful one is. Most people without health insurance find this care through county or Catholic hospitals, and I’m thankful for this. As an enlightened country, I would hate to think of anyone dying from a curable illness just because they didn’t have health insurance.
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