My husband passed away on October 8th at 4:54 in the afternoon. He is free of a body that failed him much too soon. This last journey of our time together started 11 and half years ago, when he suffered his first stroke and then heart problems and the list grew.
If my husband had had access to healthcare all his adult life, this story would be ending different. Our generation was the one where the mills started closing and contracting out became the norm, where insurance was not included and if it was possible, many times a cost that couldn’t be paid. So, when he had insurance he took the high blood pressure medicine and then come up with the co-pay. When there were lapses in coverage, that meant no doctor visit and no more refills. Also at the same time there were not the testings (minor in the office kind) that would have caught the signs of the blockage that led to the first stroke. His blood pressure would have been under control and they would have had him on blood thinners and the blood tests needed to see if working properly..
The costs don’t only include the actual cost of the healthcare and nursing home and surgeries and prescriptions, but the loss of the wages and taxes that my husband would have been earning. Even with the insurance reform, that wasn’t enough. We need to open medicare/medicaid to all from birth and as is done now-means test for premiums and co-pays. The unseen costs of for profit healthcare are varied and immense and sadly seem to stay hidden from view.
There are many like my husband who would have a longer life and a healthier life. I can’t change what happened but I can and am advocating for universal non profit healthcare available from birth to death for all in our country. The benefits from this approach would be seen and would be visible to see.
RIP My husband- 01-13-54 to 10-08-14 Our journey ended much too soon