Lynn Chasson published Why are my lungs bad?#DAresists #Medicare4all in Healthcare Stories 2017-09-20 09:08:02 -0400
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?