The blurry vision began early last year. Roy Lawrence ignored it as long as he could. But after falling off a ladder at his construction job, he knew he had to see a doctor. He went to a community health clinic in South Los Angeles, where doctors determined he had diabetes and cataracts. The clinic could manage his illness but referred him early this year to the county health system for eye surgery. Nearly a year later, Lawrence, a Jamaican immigrant without insurance, still is waiting for the operation. His vision has deteriorated so much he is considered legally blind.
Comments: I had cataract surgery at age 48, and was fortunate to have Cobra at the time. I may have paid 20% to get back my mostly 20-20 vision [and colors do "pop"]. South Central is one of the poorest ghettos in LA & sounds like he´s an illegal, probably now due for disability. Expect plenty more of this whining because of 0bamaCare until the writers realize that no one´s listening.
Boo Hoo Hoo...this man´s wait is comparable to the average wait in any country with nationalized medical care, it will of necessity grow to a longer wait as 0bamaCare has absolutely no provisions to increase the number of doctors.
Clinics already struggle to get private specialists to see Medicaid patients because of the low payments to doctors. This also will get worse when 0bamaCare reduces (again) the rates of doctor reimbursements.
In a year, the headline will be "Healthcare crisis: not enough primary care physicians for anyone." For several decades, the vast majority of medical school graduates have chosen a specialty to earn more (and be able to pay off the loans), the "general practitioners" and "internists" have not been keeping up with population growth...what did they think would happen when they add 30 million newly "insured" patients to the mix?
Perhaps we can kill two birds with one stone. Train the TSA groping specialists to perform prostate exams and mammograms. They are already familiar with most of it so cross training should be easy. It might slow the lines a bit at the boarding gate and require a few more latex gloves but think how safe we would all feel.
Something is definitely wrong with the system. Doctors have priced themselves out of the market. What does it cost to gat a dental crown these days? $600 - $800 - $1000? About an hour´s work for a dentist. How can the average worker afford to have their teeth worked on these days without having to find some kind of free clinic?
What they will do, if they can pass comprehensive immigration reform is open the borders to a huge number of foreign doctors and nurses from countries like India, Pakistan, the Philippines, China and third world countries.
Those foreign medical people, even with the low compensation paid to them through Medicaid will make a lot more then they could earn in their home countries. Unfortunately in a lot of cases, their medical education and skill sets will not be equal to US educated and trained medical people.
What the country will end up with is two different medical delivery systems, one private, staffed by first class doctors and nurses for the rich, the famous and the politicians; and a public government run socialist health care system, where all those foreign medical people will work, to provide health care for everybody else.
What the Obama crew is doing is destroying the health care insurance of about 85% of the country, in order to provide government provided medical services to the 15% who for one reason or another do not have health care insurance.
R U kidding me? He´s 49 & wants his cataracts fixed now! I´m on Medicare, well over 65 & keep being told to wait.
Shortage of specialists? Yeah... because ObieCare has cut reimbursement so low no docs want to participate !I lost my rheumatologist last month... UHC gave me 3 rplcmt docs in Puerto Rico to pick from!
Maybe go back to Jamaica and have them pay for it? And is the uninsured housekeeper an illegal alien? So many unanswered questions.
We need to go back to the old system of immigration, in which immigrants were not allowed to be a burdern on this country. Harsh, perhaps, but our taxpayers should not be paying for the healthcare of immigrants.
#6, the hospital-connected eye institute I saw for three years kept telling me my cataracts weren´t "ripe" too. Fearing Obamacare, last January I sought out an opthalmologist in a surgical group unconnected to a hospital and with its own facilty. (I´m on Medicare too.) I quietly, diplomatically, carefully told the new doc about my fears and he agreed that I needed to get my cataracts done immediately. Could I be ready the next week? Could I!
Because I had been told the cataracts weren´t ripe yet, I had no idea the difference would be so great. From a 2.5 "cheater glasses" level, and looking for 3.0 and above, I went to a 1.0/1.5 depending on the quality. I can now read a lot more without reaching for magnification help.
If you´re in or near the Charleston, SC area, I´ll be glad to pass on the doc´s name. Just click on my name at "Posted By" and you´ll find an e-mail address for me. Hope this helps you to alleviate your very realistic concern.
Islamabad, Pakistan - The living were honoring the dead on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday when militant bombers struck, killing at least 44 people in two attacks that coincided with one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. (Snip) At the eastern end of the border, in the Afghan province of Nangarhar, a bomb exploded at a graveyard where people had gathered to pay their respects to a slain relative. Fourteen women and children from the same family were killed. Reporters in Quetta described scenes of chaos and devastation after the attack on the police funeral.
Vienna - A U.S. institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show Pyongyang is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant, jibing with the country’s announced plans to expand technology that can be used both to create energy and the core of nuclear weapons. (Snip) In an accompanying note, ISIS said the photos of the Nyongbyon nuclear complex show construction under way to “effectively double” the size of the enrichment hall. That, said ISIS, would allow North Korea to also double the number of centrifuges now enriching uranium.
President Barack Obama discussed Edward Snowden, the health care law, Hillary Clinton and Russia during a Tuesday visit to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." But Obama´s comments about the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin had special local interest. George Zimmerman was acquitted last month of murder in the teen´s death in Sanford. Some Americans have criticized Obama previously for commenting on the issue, but Leno said that the president had spoken eloquently and from the heart about Trayvon´s death. "I think all of us were troubled by what happened," Obama told Leno.
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GPS tracking of Washington & Jefferson College football player´s stolen iPhone led Washington police to three suspects who were arrested yesterday in the player´s October 2012 beating death. According to criminal complaints police filed Tuesday, GPS tracking of Timothy McNerney´s phone, taken from him in the attack, indicated the phone was near the Houston Street home of Adam R. Hankins, 23, of Washington and the McDonald home of Eric Dante Wells, 24. Confronted Tuesday at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Fayette County, both men admitted their roles
Currently, women diagnosed with with early stage invasive breast cancer undergo a biopsy of their lymph nodes during surgery to remove tumours in the breast. They have to wait up to three weeks for the result, and if further disease is found, they have go undergo a second operation. The new test means that surgeons can find out if cancer has spread during the initial surgery - and if they find it, they can remove it at the same time. (Snip) The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended the test - the RD-100i OSNA system produced by Sysmex UK - for women with early
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Amman & Doha - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday. (Snip) Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Gulf gas would not threaten Russia´s position as a main gas supplier to Europe. In return, Saudi Arabia wanted Moscow to ease its strong support of Assad and
If justice were administered by popular vote, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan would have disappeared into a maximum-security hole a long time ago. He might already be dead. He might have been executed by now for his undisputed role in the murders of 13 people and the injuries of 32 more in the Fort Hood shooting rampage four years ago. If regular Joes like me and you got to decide what seems reasonable and fair, Hasan would have been forced a long time ago to shave off his holy-man beard, quit drawing a paycheck from the U.S. government and put a sock in that “soldier for Allah” business.
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Barack Obama delivered one gaffe after another in his August 6 interview with Jay Leno, but the networks that usually mock every mistake or slip of the tongue made by Republicans ignored the President´s verbal mishaps. ABC´s Good Morning America, CBS´s This Morning and NBC´s Today show, on Wednesday morning, all bypassed the chance to criticize Obama for: downplaying the threat of terrorism; falsely claiming Vladimir Putin once ran the KGB; placing the Atlantic coast cities of Savannah, Charleston and Jacksonville on the Gulf of Mexico; confusing the Winter Olympics with the Summer Olympics. First up, on the
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