I have been sick. Really sick. As in bronchitis, sinus infection, and ear infection all at the same time. I tried to continue working through it all, but it all just came to a point where I had to take a break. I was going to work and coming home, throwing together a sandwich for FabGrandpa, and going to bed. My co-workers told me I looked and sounded horrible. On Tuesday, I finally made an appointment at the clinic in Kanab, and drove down there as soon as someone relieved me at the entrance station.
It is 85 miles to the clinic. I tried to go to the doctor at the clinic there about three weeks ago, but when I walked in, the receptionist told me all the doctors were in a meeting, but “I could go to the emergency room” which was right down the hall from them. No way! walking down that hall would mean the difference between being charged $44 to see a clinic doctor, and more than $500 to see an emergency room doctor. Since I have no health insurance, I declined the offer. I asked if the ER doctor could walk over to the clinic to see me, and they just sort of snickered at me.
I mean, ok, if “I” could walk down the hall, so could they. It was obvious that I was sick, and that it was probably bronchitis, and it would have taken that ER doctor all of 2 minutes to diagnose and write me a prescription. But no. So I took the walk out the door. And I can tell you, if there was another option out here in the boondocks, I would have taken it rather than go back to that same place this week. They KNOW they have us over a barrel out here, and that is why it is the way it is. But it is true all over the United States. We can either pay up big bucks, or we stay sick. If I had an option to get health insurance, you can bet I would.
But I am not going to pay $1200 a month to have health insurance. I know I have ranted about this before here in my little space, but I just have to do so again. $1200 a month, is equal to $14,400 a year. I can get a whole lot of health care out of pocket for $14,400. The whole trip down the mountain in an ambulance and associated visits to the cardiologist last summer didn’t total $14,400. I won’t be getting health insurance until it is affordable, so I suppose that tells you that I won’t be getting, ever.
The good news is, that I did get to the doctor. He prescribed a Z-pack antibiotic, and since I have been taking it for a few days now, I do feel better. I just wish I felt better about health care in America.