Last night, I had to rush myself to the emergency room due to my asthma acting up, and I was highly irritated by several things, one of them being the ridiculous co-pay I was asked to provide. I have had dozens of bad experiences with healthcare and below are the top five worst things that I have noticed in my endless struggle with this necessity.
1. Expensive co-pays– Every time I go to the doctor I am asked for more and more money. A simple physical will cost me $40 out of pocket, while a trip to the emergency room will take $15o out of my already struggling pockets. Why is it that even with insurance, we have to pay so much money for our health needs? Let’s not even get into the fact that other countries provide free healthcare for their citizens, which should be the norm since our health is the number one thing-without it, we have nothing.
2. Being asked for money before being treated– I have often found that hospitals will ask for your insurance card before anything else. Why is this the case? Shouldn’t they be more worried with getting my needs taken care of and handling that later? The insurance person should not be the first person I deal with when I get to the hospital, period.
3. The amount of time it takes to be seen– Not only was I asked for my co-pay before anything else, but it took about 45 minutes before someone decided to come see me. Anyone with asthma can tell you, it is not a walk in the park to feel like someone is stepping on your chest while trying to breathe. It is extremely uncomfortable and quite frankly people can die from asthma, so why the wait? It seems like there is little concern with treating people’s health needs in a quick fashion, and it needs to stop. Not to mention, there were barely any patients in this emergency room.
4. Time it takes to get an update– Once they start treatment, it takes too long for the next time you see someone. I was not checked on for about an hour and a half, which is just not acceptable in my book. There were nurses passing by, but no one took the time to see if I needed anything or how the treatment was going; this was not the first time that this took place during my visits to the doctor or hospital. Maybe we need to get more bodies in these hospitals, especially if they are going to charge as much as they do for visits.
5. Getting discharged can take forever as well– After you finally see the doctor, he takes about another hour or two to type up your discharge papers. I have yet to understand this, especially in busy hospitals where beds are constantly needed for new patients.
Overall, I was not pleased with my experience last night or any night that I have been to the hospital for that matter. We must do better–that’s all!!