Even though plans have been put in motion for all kinds of healthcare support and financial assistance from the federal government, a lot of people are consistently facing rising healthcare costs. The problem is that it isn't just the financial aspect. Sure, there are millions of people who go without health care that they need because of the costs. Others are facing serious medical debt issues and so forth. Either way, there's a lot to the money.
Still, there is another “cost” associated with the nation's healthcare cost. You've already seen two above: debt and neglect. There are so many people who deserve better. Something as simple as basic healthcare shouldn't be denied to people who need it. There are so many different things that could be done and it seems like no one has bothered to think about it. When people can't get to the doctor or afford their dentist appointments, it's going to affect their quality of life. Sure, most of us qualify for Medicare, but that doesn't guarantee anything. Only so much is covered, after all.
With all the years that I have worked in the healthcare industry, I've seen a lot of people slip through the cracks because they're not able to afford what they need. It's hard to watch good people stay sick or go without medications because they don't have the money. I have also noticed, though, in my years of experience that there are a lot more assistance programs than people think. Sure, it might not be simple to apply or get approved, but there are solutions out there. It's definitely something to think about if you don't have Medicare or if your coverage doesn't do enough for your health.
I wish that we could get to a place where people could get healthcare just because it's what they need. Until then, however, you're going to need to make sure that you hold people accountable. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to find out how much something costs. Talk about payment arrangements and other alternatives. Most medical providers understand the financial constraints that people are dealing with these days, and will offer some kind of support or solution. It's worth a shot, anyway. I can't fix the situation, but I can help ensure that everyone knows what to do to help themselves. Start asking and don't stop until you get answers.