I found an article the other day that highlighted a troublesome fact, something not very new to us Americans. When struggling to achieve the American dream, we also have to include in our budget an expense for health insurance and healthcare costs, or else that dream could escape our grasp forever. Earlier this month a Canadian professional skier lost her life in an accident that lead to a nine day hospital visit that eventually resulted in her passing. At the end of it, her family was left with a 200,000 dollar hospital bill for the 9 days worth of care, something that this family would not have incurred if she were injured in her home country.
My point here is not to draw additional attention to our healthcare problems. We as Americans and as voters can make our decisions and influence legislation in all the normal avenues. What I want to discuss is: what we are doing as leaders to prevent things like this from happening? Are we informing each other, our families, our friends, our co-workers? Is there anything that we can learn from the stories we hear in the news, to improve our current state without having to save money for a rainy day or a humongous hospital bill? I would love to hear the recommended strategies or plans people have to navigate the constraints of healthcare in the United States.
I currently have no plan, but am in the process of devising one. My first step is to become intimately familiar with all of my families healthcare plans and determine what the necessary steps would be in the event of an emergency. With aging parents and relatives, I want to make sure we are all covered in the case of unexpected health issues. Plus, I would like to make sure that I am financially capable of supporting any unexpected health issue in my immediate family.
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