Recovery from January 10 surgery is going well - hate to almost say it as I don't want to jinx the process. Staples out, the site is calming down. About half way thru a 6 week course of antibiotics.
My infectious disease doctor was able to identify an oral course that is not resistant to the Staph that I have/had in there- instead of twice daily iv thru a picc line.... thank goodness. Drug was pricey, did a price check at local drug stores and price was 2100-2600$ PER WEEK. Doctor helped me apply for a program through the drug company and I was approved for free drugs. I'm pretty sure my medical response will be shared to help with getting this newish drug approved for more applications. Helps alot!
You know, I'm thankful that I was not able to afford to get the available health insurance. The positives are that I have paid less out of pocket by NOT HAVING INSURANCE. My doctors and I also did not have to get preapproval for any of the treatments that we felt were needed, we just went ahead and did it.
I feel I had MORE access to health care without insurance! There are all kinds of programs and different ways to get help for paying bills if you truly have financial inability to pay. You just have to ask and search them out. The biggest irritation is that there is absolutely no way to find out costs prior to any visit or procedure. I've also had basically the same procedure four times in 7 months, and the prices have changed each bill.
So my advice is this. Get done what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and be insistent on finding financial assistance. Go the extra mile, keep records, and check your bills for errors. You wouldn't believe how many I have found and had corrected. And don't forget to ask for a discount.
It sure is pretty, but I'm ready for spring!
All for now,