So, on December 27th, I went to the emergency room at Carolina Pines Hospital here in Hartsville. I was sure it was something to do with heartburn, but I was having chest pains into my arm and jaw, so we went. It took two hours to diagnose GERD. During my time there, they took a chest x-ray which was not needed, and which I questioned (damned defensive medicine) [the doctor appeared for the first time within five minutes of the x-ray; I contend that it was not reviewed before the diagnosis was made]. They took blood to check for heart enzymes, hooked me up to an EKG, and left me on a hospital bed for two farking hours without any pain help. By the way, no doctor ever physically touched my body while I was there, not once.
I have medical insurance. The bill came to $2,000. The insurer got me a "contract discount" of $650 and paid another $630 in cash. This leaves me owing $720, for what amounted to someone giving me a $9.91 gastrointestinal cocktail, after two hours. And I have insurance damnit!
Health care is my #1 issue this election. Ain't no two ways about it.
By the way, my heart is fine. I am allergic to sesame seeds, that, and too much naproxen for gout caused me to have GERD and gastritis.