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Does no insurance mean no medical care?

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007

I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack a little more than a year ago, with no insurance, so keeping one doctor is vital to my life - one doctor who knows everything that is going on with me. I have found a good doctor and trust him with my life.

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Nevertheless, because I did not and do not have insurance that will cover all my visits to this doctor, I got behind in my payments and was turned over to collections. That is cool, but what really yanks my chain is that when I called to see my doctor, there was a note on my chart which stated I had to talk to the bookkeeper first.

When I was transferred to the bookkeeper, she told me if I could not pay my bill in full, I would no longer be able to be seen at that clinic.

I don't know about anyone else, but since when does a bookkeeper have the right to decide if I live or die? And I will surely die if I don't get the prescriptions for my heart. My doctor is unable to examine me because I cannot afford a $300 or $400 bill that has to be paid in full.

Even if I was turned over to collections, the bookkeeper still receives her money. She should not have the ability to decide if I live or die because of money. As far as I am concerned, that is an abuse of power and trust.

Bobbie Haffner

Juneau



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