Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I just posted an entry, saying I want to at least know about the people dying because of a lack of health insurance. I did a quick search - and found an article by Deb Richter, a physician in Vermont, who says that she sees this often, where her patients die of preventable diseases. She then speaks of four of her patients who died that way. Three were from the same family - unable to keep track of their diabetes - and one had cancer symptoms for years, finally got the insurance to treat it, but died two weeks later. It was too late. Dr. Richter thinks that 44,000 dying a year like this is a low number, given her own experiences. As she says, take her dozens of cases and multiply them by the 700,000 doctors in this country, and what do you get? A lot of people dying.