The Haves and the Have Nots
In America, there are those whose medical needs are provided by the government, in the form of Medicaid. Then, there are those with good jobs, whose medical needs and services are provided by their employers. Sometimes their health plan is 100% covered and other times they only contribute 20% and their employer contributes 80%. This is fine, for those who have worked hard and are rewarded with a good medical coverage. But, as Americans, we're still doing something wrong. France and Canada provide free government health care to its citizens. (What do you have to say to that?).
Last week I went to see my doctor for my annual check up. One of the concerns he had about my health was that my thyroid appeared enlarged. I told him that I hear that from every doctor I've seen in the past 5 years, but they could never find anything in the ultrasound test results, just like they could never find anything wrong with my heart, even though I get heart palpitations, unusual fast heartbeat, and sudden shortness of breaths. Could this have anything to do with the fact that I'm a medicaid patient? I Don't know.
What My Doctor Told Me
As I wait, my doctor, begins the process of writing out a prescription for me to see a specialist to get an ultrasound for my thyroid. "Unfortunately, it might be one month before you get an appointment, as a medicaid patient", he said. "That's what they're doing to medicaid patients here in Nevada", he said. "You should write about that in your blog", he suggested. My doctor was right. When I went home and made the call to the specialist on July 29, 2016, I was given an appointment for August 29, 2016 to get an ultrasound on my thyroid. So, here we are. I'm writing about it in my blog.
Studies show that "Medicaid typically pays physicians 56 percent of the amount that private insurers pay. As more and more doctors refuse to accept Medicaid, it is increasingly difficult for Medicaid patients to find medical care. When admitted to hospitals, Medicaid patients often have more serious conditions than privately insured patients." (Dayaratna,2012) http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/11/studies-show-medicaid-patients-have-worse-access-and-outcomes-than-the-privately-insured. As I sit here writing this piece, I feel a tingling in my heart, as if someone is massaging my heart from the inside. I feel tingling sensations, it comes and goes, and yet, nothing can be found to be wrong with my heart.
Signs of Thyroid Cancer
Individuals with thyroid cancer often experience the following symptoms, however, not everyone experiences any or all of these symptoms.
- A lump in the front of the neck, near the Adam's apple
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in the throat or neck
- A cough that persists and is not caused by a cold
It isn't often that medical professions share the secrets of their trade with their patients, but, when they do, it's because they want us to know so we can do something about it, because they themselves may not be in a position to do something about it. I think my doctor opened my eyes to an evil side of his profession so that I can help myself and others however I can. So, this is me helping. Take control of how you receive medical care.
Dayaratna, K. Ph. D. (2012) Studies Show: Medicaid Patients Have Worse Access and Outcomes Than The Privately Insured. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/11/studies-show-medicaid-patients-have-worse-access-and-outcomes-than-the-privately-insured