“I think I am down to just one medical bill for $350 for the surgery to remove my tumor (not including all the thousands of dollars in medical bills of the past that have gone to collection agencies because I could not pay them). I called the number on the bill and explained that I had a medical bill that I couldn’t afford to pay because I haven’t been able to work in a long time. The woman I talked to was extremely nice and said that there were charity programs that could help. She told me she would find out more and call me back. She did call me back a couple of hours later to tell me that my bill was too small for them to help! I told her that $350 might not seem big to a hospital as far as medical bills go, but to someone who currently has no income, it’s a lot of money. She couldn’t understand why I couldn’t just pay it and I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t be helped because my bill was “too small.” She said she would talk to her supervisor and call me back. That was over a week ago. I’ll take some preemptive ibuprofen and try calling again today”.
Före detta kollegan Mary skriver om hur baksidan är av att både diabetes och cancer.. och inte längre täckas av någon försäkring eftersom hon är “för sjuk”.