Thank you, Ontario Taxpayers

I ran across this while I was looking into the status of the Republican lockdown of the US government.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/09/boehner-advises-americans-to-delay-getting-cancer-for-a-year.html 

The satire is apt, but this is a very serious issue for Americans.  When I originally got my diagnosis, the USSC had just upheld most of the Affordable Care Act.    When I had my surgery, I costed out the price of my treatment to that point (family doctor and specialist appointments, visits to emergency, scans, xrays, surgery plus a week in hospital).  The price was in the $250,000-$300,000 range (depending which hospital you went to). 

I haven’t done a similar calculation from surgery-forward, but my drugs alone have ranged from $8,500 per month to $6,500 per month – about $72,000 a year if I didn’t have ODB.   Five CT scans, two X-rays, dozens of oncology appointments, an MRI, biweekly nursing visits, four surgeon appointments; eight weeks of palliative rehabilitation with a team including doctors, nurses, social workers, dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists….none of these under private insurance, all via tax-paid services.  I’m sure I’d be into the $500-600,000 range if not well beyond.

So, thank you.  

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s