Yesterday I spent the day with oncologists planning surgery to remove a large mass on my ovary. Everything happened so quickly. I went to my Primary Care Doctor on Thursday and by Tuesday I was facing very scary surgery. The mass may or may not be malignant but it is making me very ill and has to come out. The surgery is expensive and involves several days in the hospital. The first words out of my mouth to my PCP were “Send me to UNC they will work with me on a payment plan I can afford”. I did not say get me the best oncologist. I think UNC has the best but I should not have to think about cost first.
I am in debt for health care now due to my Multiple Sclerosis. I live a very healthy lifestyle. I am 49 years old am unlucky enough to have a Progressive form of MS and now have to have radical surgery and I do not know what else. I am trying not to think of the cost.
Congressman Price when I was in his office in Washington in March thought everyone with MS automatically gets disability and Medicare. I can’t get it. We are middle class homeowners who were scraping by with one major illness. Now we have two major illnesses to deal with to deal with.
My Doctors feel badly because I do all the right things and yet I have bad luck and bad genetics. I want to pay my medical bills and will but I do not think in this country people should lose their homes or retirements over a hospital bill.