Letter: Provide reliable health care — to everyoneWritten by Administrator | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
Recently, I received a letter from one of Toledo’s major insurance providers. It told me how financially draining it would be to have a major illness with no insurance and why they could be trusted with my health and peace of mind.
The irony was that I already have a relationship with that particular company. I had their coverage during 2008, when I had a cancer scare. Upon my doctor’s advice — and after checking with HR at work — I scheduled an MRI. The good news: no cancer. The bad news: a $4,000 bill that’s been hanging over my head ever since because of a denied claim — from the same people who now want to sell me peace of mind. Thanks for the concern — let me get back with you once my appeal is resolved.
This is the problem with America’s insurance system. Regular people like me get stiffed on a regular basis because the profit motive outweighs concern for anyone’s health. And yet I’m lucky to have a job that provides insurance at all. The United States needs to catch up with every other industrialized nation and provide reliable health insurance to every citizen. Period.
PEG MORRISON, Toledo