A sobering thought…
I have health insurance. By *somebody’s* measure, it’s supposedly *good* health insurance. A “Cadillac plan” in fact (which means it’s gets heavily taxed, which of course, gets rolled into my premiums).
I’ve had health insurance since I dragged myself out of the mire of poverty some 30+ years ago. I have, quite literally, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in premiums. This is “I would be a multi-millionaire if I’d invested that money” kind of money.
I’ve also paid hundreds of thousands into Medicare and Social Security over the same period.
I’ve seldom needed serious medical treatment, in the years I had insurance anyway. The most serious injury I’ve had was during my “fight out of poverty” days and was treated “off the books” by a veterinarian…of course…that’s another story.
I’ve only even met my deductible a handful of times all those years.
My shoulder injuries have turned out to be reasonably serious…and quite debilitating. They are painful, impact my ability to work, and will impact basic functionality if left untreated.
But here’s the sobering thought…if I could not come up with, basically $7000 cash IN ADVANCE…I could get NO treatment.
Hundreds of thousands in premiums…and without $7000 cash I could not get ANY treatment.
Think about it.
I don’t know what the fix is…but this shit is beyond broken.
I’ll see you on the road.
You can read more about my fitness journey here.