I have nowhere else to turn.
I am scared and I have 13 days to make things right. I am not homeless material and we are without food and about to loose electric. I am tired of trying and have elected to swallow my pride and ask for help since I OBVIOUSLY can’t do it on my own anymore, though I have my whole life. I am about to be evicted and not sure where to go. I need 2000 dollars by November 3rd or I will be on the streets.
On August 27th I had a heart attack..Being 41 this came as a shock to me but it happens.
I was out of town in Hemet, went to Hemet hospital where they do not have the resources to take care of cardiac patients, so they ambulanced me to Palm Springs Hospital where I was admited and told I needed to have surgery to repair a clogged artery. My cholesterol was not high and it was not calcium deposits, it was a blood clot. Can imagine being 41 and hearing that your blood is clotting your veins. I am amazed. So to make a long story short I was in the hospital until August 30th when I was released to go home. Having no family in that area I had to take a taxi from Palm Springs to Hemet. The hospital arranged this through patient services. I was very thankful for that. That was one thing that has gone right in this endeavor.
So after having surgery and laying perfectly still for 7 hours they decide to discharge me. Gripped with a handful of prescriptions being told that I HAVE to take the Plavix so I do not have another heart attack. Well the DR negated to inform me that Plavix is $504.00 for 90 pills so I bought 10, along with all the medications. All in all it came to $135.00 for all the prescriptions. Oh let me back up, I do not have insurance so everything is now coming out of my pocket.
With the economy the way it is I have not worked Since February, and was receiving unemployment so hence the no insurance. There isn’t any help for people in my situation either. I honestly do not understand what it takes to be able to receive help for the people out there that have worked their whole life and now find themselves products of the economy. Its not that we do not want to work, it is not out there.
Back to the topic at hand. So I am now home and need to recover from this heart attack since my heart did not receive all the oxygen required. So this is 4 days after my heart attack. I get a phone call from the hospital stating that my hospital is in excess of $80,000.00. I asked them if they where trying to give me a stroke?!? I do not have that kind of money laying around. Then I get a bill from the ambulance company for $1,500.00. Then I get a bill for the first ambulance ride to the hospital for $564.00 So here we are at $82,000.00 for what I was told would not keep me down for longer then 6 days.
So for people with conditions in California there is a program called CMS County Medical Services. Which I have since been approved for but I had to sign a grant of lein form to repay everything if and when I ever own anything in my life Anyway I am stressing, ready to send myself into another heart attack. No medication that I NEED to take since I can not afford it. Well CMS now is my primary care physician so I need to go through them to get referred to the cardiologist. So I call to find out what to do. I was told come in on a walk in basis, now mind you I went in on October 2nd after having the heart attack August 27th and being told that I have to be seen within 7 days. No medication and now no money since unemployment will not pay me since I am disabled and I do not have a doctor to fill out the disability paperwork because Palm Springs is 3 hours away from my house and the ER doctor “does not do disability paperwork” well now.. you tell me, who do I turn to now?
I walked into my primary physicans clinic to see a PA that agrees yes you need to see a cardiologist and use the plavix. Everything needs to be approved. So here it is October 13th and I am told that I need to make another appointment with PCP to be referred to the cardiologist and the soonest they can see me is October 27th, then we wait for referral to see heart doctor. I can not be released to even look for work now because I do not have a cardiologist to release me.
I am now facing eviction, I am waiting for the electric company to come turn off the lights and the food is limited. I ask you, where do you turn? What do you do? It is not that I do not WANT to work but for some reason it is against the law to be hired if you have a medical condition AND are under a doctors care. Nor can I receive unemployment since I am not released to be able to look for work which I need the cardiologist to release me and say yes all is good, then unemployment MAY reopen my case.
NOW..my chest hurts daily from the stress of all this running around that I need to do just to be able to be healthy..what is wrong with our healthcare system? Does anyone care about those of us that are trying to be law abiding citizens? I wonder if the insurance scams and all the problems that we encounter are not created by the bureaucratic BS that we have to go through or the lack there of for today’s society. We are products of our environment and if something is not done soon there is going to be nothing but the doctors and the lawyers since we need the lawyers to sue the doctors and no one gets paid!
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