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Paying Out Of Pocket

Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It can take me weeks to see medical professionals to ensure my medication regimen is in order. Distress cannot be clearly communicated over email. In order for a treating mental health professional to accurately assess the sometimes volatile nature of a patient, a speedy appointment must be made available. I have had suicidal thoughts when under extreme stress. I needed to see the one person I trust with my life. I was told it would take 10 days to see him. I felt hurt and betrayed. I managed to make it until that time and get the help I needed. Imagine those who can’t wait. Ask an executive how they are going to feel if a patient can’t get timely care and they commit suicide. Their cash reserves may become 0 at that point. Maybe that will get their attention. Shame on them.

Walnut Creek