Thursday, March 27, 2008

Self Portrait Challenge: Politics Week 4


I had hand surgery this morning.  It hurts.  Fortunately, I'm one of the lucky ones.  My pain is physical and only temporary.  Why?  My employer pays 90% percent of my very comprehensive health insurance premiums.  This was elective surgery--joint replacement in the base of my thumb.  Without insurance, I probably would have had to do without and live in pain.  Instead, I paid $10.  I went to a nationally known hand specialist, at a nationally highly ranked hospital.  $10 paid for nurses who called several days ago and pre-registered me for my procedure.  $10 paid for a general anesthesia and post operative care.  Once I'm ready for recovery $10 will buy an hour and a half session of occupational therapy.  All in all, I will pay around $200 out of pocket.

Health insurance is something many of us take for granted.  DH gets annoyed when the candidates spend so much time on it in the debates--even when the moderator tries to change the subject.  Statistics have shown that 62% of those polled place healthcare at the top of their list of concerns.  We had a slight taste of this when our daughter reached the magic age where she came off my insurance.  We were able to find a private, somewhat affordable plan which would not cover any condition she had been treated for in the past couple of years.  What the . . .?  Fortunately she was finally able to pick up her employer's sponsored plan after a few months.  My advice to my college age son--find a job with health insurance.  It's just that simple--or not.

We live in one of the wealthiest nations on earth.  Why is it okay for a large segment of our society to be without health insurance?

For more photos with a political theme, visit the SPC.

1 comment: