I’d like to share a firsthand report on the inappropriate financial and controlling gain the federal government has mandated through our local health-care services.
I was diagnosed with a treatable thyroid disorder 20 years ago. Through many years of dealing with this disorder, I’ve become educated on the standards and routines of exams, blood work and medication adjustments. I am dependent on a thyroid replacement medication to maintain quality of life, and without this prescription, of which I take one pill a day, I would cease to exist.
Throughout the years and until recently, the prescription required a standard yearly blood test followed by a yearly call from the nurse reporting the result and ended with a renewed prescription; or if need be, I would visit the doctor’s office, discuss the test result and any change in medication. Let me add that a decade can pass with no changes in test results or medication.
Today, to receive this medication, low-income citizens (even if their levels are stable) are required by our clinic every three months to give blood and visit a doctor’s office for the rest of one’s life.
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For me, the recent changes in health care will require increased dependence on the system and will cost the taxpayers more in medical expenses — for four visits a year instead of one. This is for the rest of my low-income, sliding-scale life.
Take blood tests more than I think I ought to, or no medicine for me.