Real People Denied Healthcare

  1. Real People Denied Healthcare

    David Welch is an RN and a patient who was denied health insurance because of minor skin cancer on his nose. This story, of an upper middle class white male nurse, shows how virtually anyone can be denied healthcare, and further illustrates the need for a universal healthcare system such as AB 840 in California and HR 676 nationally.

    This video was shot and produced by Colette Washington and edited by James Johnson at JJ Post.

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  3. by   Simplepleasures
    The proof is in the pudding.Denial of services does happen.
  4. by   NeosynephRN
    Sure does...everyday. My son was denied coverage under my plan when he was an infant, becuase he was sick when he was born. So that left us to pay for specialist after specialist and a nice surgery bill. Never have had a problem since getting him insured....
  5. by   HairCanada
    same thing happens under universal system ...trust me...oh yeah ..he will get service..just take years to get it!!!!!!

    My personal story
    Sport injury..went to ED
    after ungodly wait...yes..you have a broken Knee Mr. G
    We cant do anythin here..you must see you primary
    3 weeks to see primary
    Then referal 13 weeks!
    "yes you need surgury"...how is 14 months from now...good for you??

    Yes start to finish..18 months!!! That's just my story and I am one of thousands!


    PS . The system in the States sux too!..I wish i had some ideas
  6. by   RNKITTY04
    OMG this is MY story! I recently went PRN for financial reasons ($8 an hour raise) thinking no problem with healthcare I will just get personal insurance thru BCBS, well yea they said they would insure me but not my husband due to his DDD. Great, so I'm back at square one having to find a fulltime position or look like a fool and ask to come back fulltime time at work.
    I swear somebody somewhere better come up with a healthcare plan SOON or this whole system is going to breakdown. Its insane!!
  7. by   Halinja
    Long waits happen here too. For me to see my primary was 6 weeks. Over 4 weeks for DS to see his own pediatrician.
  8. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from HairCanada
    same thing happens under universal system ...trust me...oh yeah ..he will get service..just take years to get it!!!!!!

    My personal story
    Sport injury..went to ED
    after ungodly wait...yes..you have a broken Knee Mr. G
    We cant do anythin here..you must see you primary
    3 weeks to see primary
    Then referal 13 weeks!
    "yes you need surgury"...how is 14 months from now...good for you??

    Yes start to finish..18 months!!! That's just my story and I am one of thousands!


    PS . The system in the States sux too!..I wish i had some ideas
    One of the solutions is an effective ombudsman program to advocate on behalf of patients.
  9. by   azhiker96
    Quote from HM2Viking
    One of the solutions is an effective ombudsman program to advocate on behalf of patients.
    I think an ombudsman would be hard pressed to correct this problem. It sounds more like the supply is not sufficient to meet demand. I doubt the primary was out fishing for 3 weeks or the surgeons were just sitting back for 14 months. It's more likely they were working hard on their current backlog of patients and cases. So perhaps Canada should just raise taxes so they can maintain more medical providers.
  10. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from azhiker96
    I think an ombudsman would be hard pressed to correct this problem. It sounds more like the supply is not sufficient to meet demand. I doubt the primary was out fishing for 3 weeks or the surgeons were just sitting back for 14 months. It's more likely they were working hard on their current backlog of patients and cases. So perhaps Canada should just raise taxes so they can maintain more medical providers.

    I dont know what taxes are like there in Canada - could someone from Canada answer that question? For instance for the average nurse, what would be the percentage of your income that you would pay in income tax?

    We need a system that people can opt into if they dont have health insurance, but private or employer based insurance should still be available and there should be big tax breaks for using it rather than the opt in/govt healthcare system. I predict that taxes are going to go WAY up over it no matter how its sliced, but perhaps keeping private health care available, with an incentive to use it, might keep that tax increase to a breathable level.
  11. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from azhiker96
    I think an ombudsman would be hard pressed to correct this problem. It sounds more like the supply is not sufficient to meet demand. I doubt the primary was out fishing for 3 weeks or the surgeons were just sitting back for 14 months. It's more likely they were working hard on their current backlog of patients and cases. So perhaps Canada should just raise taxes so they can maintain more medical providers.
    Exactly - that is precisely the problem - they can advocate all they want - but if there are only 50 providers and there are 20,000 patients - there isnt anything any ombudsman can do.
  12. by   HM2VikingRN
    The overall data for OECD countries with Universal health is More GPS and More nurses.
  13. by   pickledpepperRN
    Nathan's son Thomas Wilkes was born with severe hemophilia, which puts him at risk for major internal bleeding and for which he must receive nearly $1 million in healthcare costs each year to avoid death or serious disability.

    Watch this important video to see how the private health insurance industry cares only about profits, NOT patients.

    Video - http://youtube.com/watch?v=DNHNCScYpX8
  14. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from spacenurse
    Nathan's son Thomas Wilkes was born with severe hemophilia, which puts him at risk for major internal bleeding and for which he must receive nearly $1 million in healthcare costs each year to avoid death or serious disability.

    Watch this important video to see how the private health insurance industry cares only about profits, NOT patients.

    Video - http://youtube.com/watch?v=DNHNCScYpX8
    Industry = business = companies and people are usually IN business to MAKE money = we are surprised why?

    Insurance is a BUSINESS like any other. If they didn't make money they wouldn't be in BUSINESS. Ya can't have it both ways.

    Forcing everyone to go on a government health insurance plan is not the answer either, but there needs to be something available for the people who can't/won't get health insurance.

    I will say this - I recently had a terminal patient who private insurance company (HMO with a nasty rep for leaving people in the lurch I might add) bent over BACKWARDS to get him far more than what he paid for. What did it take? A letter or two from his provider, and a family member who was willing to be strong in advocating for him. We asked, they provided and then went above their duty.
    Last edit by gauge14iv on Mar 29, '07

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