Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Our Medical System Sucks Balls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did anyone watch Critical Condition on PBS's POV last night? If you didn't, we highly recommend that you do - it's streaming in its entirety online from today through November 11th. It's a documentary about the experiences of four Americans with medical conditions ranging from ovarian cancer to back deformity, and the HELL they have to go through trying to receive medical care without medical insurance. Detailed film synopsis here.

Did you know that 47 million Americans don't have health insurance?
We're supposed to be one of the wealthiest countries in this world. What is wrong with this statistic? There's all these rules and stipulations, Catch 22s, things you don't qualify for, or waiting periods for people who don't have time to wait. The whole process is difficult, frustrating, and ridiculous. In the documentary, Karen says "they're waiting for us to die."

We can relate to the stories in this documentary. We have family members that can't afford medical insurance even though they work hard and pay their taxes, and due to not having medical insurance, often times they don't go to the doctor's when they should because of fear of cost and when they do, the treatment they are given are minimal or shanty at best. You will cry and you will be angry when you watch this film. We thought, "wouldn't it be great if we lived in a society where every wealthy American could help even one family like these instead of buying their third car or their fourth home? Wouldn't it be nice if instead of donating $150 million to a gymnasium, that money could have gone toward saving lives instead?" Things need to change.