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Okay, this is just a rant about the state of our dysfunctional healthcare system.

My stepson (40's) had back surgery a few years ago that didn't heal right so he recently got on Social Security Disability (somewhere in this timeline he was let go by his employer).  In the meantime his wife got laid off and is on unemployment while she trains for a new profession.  According to her, their current health insurance is done April 1st.  Their combined benefits puts their monthly income too high for their state's Medicaid or other assistance.  She told me (and I looked it up online to confirm) he will not be able to get on Medicare until he's been on disability for 24 months.  How dumb is that?  He had an MRI this morning because of severe pain that is probably a herniated disk in his neck (like father, like son).  Part of the consideration as to whether or not he has surgery will be the fast approaching cut off of their medical benefits.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

So a person who is disabled for medical reasons can't get medical coverage for two years.  I guess the gov't hopes he dies in the meantime.  He already had his first heart attack last summer, between worrying over his health and their lack of money and the ex-wife taking him to court over money he doesn't have... and of course we have nothing extra to help them.

My daughter-in-law's plan is to see if her old employer will take her back and get them insurance coverage again, while she continues going to school, and takes care of her husband and tween-age son.

Why - oh - why is our healthcare tied to employment?  I could climb on a political soapbox, but I won't.  Serenity Prayer time, instead.
Thanks for listening.

So Gail, what is the system like in Mexico?

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Hi Barb:

I hear you... It is just awful that your stepson is fighting such health issues caused by back surgery at such a young age. I can't help but wonder how many health issues that the elderly have are caused by previous treatment plans. I oftentimes wonder if the cure isn't really worse than what ails you 

Anyhow, take those deep breaths and think positive thoughts! That is so important, as you know, for your own health. Meanwhile, we're here for you dear heart!

Hugs, Glenda
Hi Barb

How frustrating! I hate it when those who sincerely need the assistance have to literally be on the verge of destitution before any help is available.

It's not much better here. If you need a disability pension there is a lot of forms and meetings to get through, and you have to prove that the applicant has NO OTHER income whatsoever. When we applied for my mother we had to prove she had no job, she couldn't EVER get another job, and a medical certificate saying the exact same thing. I also had to sign a document confirming I was supporting my mother completely alone and unaided. She then got the pension - and each year we must prove again that she is firstly still alive, and that she still not working, and I am still her sole supporter.

Of couse the government sponsored hospitals are an absolute no go, so if you want proper care you have to pay medical aid premiums that are terribly expensive when you need chronic meds etc - so every way you turn it seems as if you're being punished because you're ill! No one chooses to have a serious injury or long term illness - but the moment you do, you either pay out half your salary to take care of yourself or you have to live below the bread line to get any kind of government assistance. it is a despicable state of affairs.

Sending you hugs!
Thanks Glenda and "sqwirl". 

Sigh!  I really feel for my DIL.  Our paths are running in parallel in so many ways, but bless her, she's younger than I was when having to cope with these issues.  It makes me appreciate how lucky we've been with the timing of our own personal setbacks... which have been many.  But we're still here.

Happy Mardi Gras!
Hola Barb

I am so sorry to hear about the situation with your stepson... It's so devastating.... What can I say that hasn't been said before? Our government just doesn't get it... they aren't concerned if you don't make billions of dollars these days. It is truly a sad state of affairs. 

When I first moved down here, I tried to get international insurance coverage that would allow me to have medical treatment and surgeries etc in the US as well as here. There are both good and bad doctors here as in the US but the fees are ridiculously cheap....

I had pneumonia last Nov and the first visit with the doctor was 350 pesos... less than $30... his care was impeccable.. he called me daily to check up on me... had me come in to make sure my lungs were cleared before going into a long holiday weekend... didn't charge me for my second visit... I just purchased more antibiotics... $20.00

As for the insurance it was about $220 a month but they declined me because my sugar level was one point above the norm. I was supposed to retest my blood and follow through with it but all hell broke loose with my crystal installation art.. the gallery open etc... and now it's over a year and I am thinking I need to do it asap as my health insurance has almost doubled in the states and it doesn't cover me down here...

People are afraid to move down here because their doctors are in the states but so many do and they are fortunate to receive excellent care...

my thoughts and prayers are with you.... 



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