I live in Italy, and I was 40 years old and pregnant with my third child when I got pneumonia for the first time. Over 11 years I was treated at the ER 9 times for pneumonia. I never paid anything for my care at the ER. For the past 3 years, I've been under the care of a national health service pneumologist. My annual visit, including a spirometry test, costs around €23. The inhaler I must use year-round costs me €2 every 40 days, about €20 a year. Due to my chronic condition, I qualify for free annual flu shots as well as periodic pneumonia vaccinations. No doctor has ever identified a "cause" for my recurring lung problems, but all have assured me that I will need to continue my current medical regimen for the rest of my life. So now I have a pre-existing condition, which makes me wonder if I can ever afford to return to live in the country of my birth. Everyone should have the right to be healthy, regardless of their income. Don't you get that?
Why are my lungs bad?#DAresists #Medicare4all
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