Our Lady of the Damned
"I am really disturbed by the descriptions you give of your care at Our Lady of the Damned. One oncologist? He never sees patients? You see a different resident every time you go in? I would be insane.
I know that it's all about the money, but I'm really concerned for you. Have you considered moving? Is there anything I can do to help? I don't make that offer lightly, please let me know. You deserve the attention of the best doctors you can find, whether you can afford to pay them or not."
Jeanne, you're right: I do deserve the attention of the best doctors. I deserve much better medical care than what I'm receiving. But so do the 45,999,999 other uninsured Americans. And the underinsured, the medically indigent, the people whose insurance has maxed out, the people with no transportation or ability to get to a decent medical center or for that matter to any medical center. Not to mention people in other parts of the world where there is no medical care at all, much less optimal care. But in a profit driven market there's not enough of that attention to go around.
I'm just a minor bit player in a much larger tragedy, already guilty of using the educational, racial, social, and other privileges I have to be assertive and maybe give myself a slight edge. I don't have the resources or energy to move now, and besides I doubt I'd be getting much better care at any other public teaching hospital.
I really appreciate your concern though, and you're right: it makes me totally insane. I'll try to write more about the situation at Damned General over the next few weeks. My next chemo is Thursday the 4th, so I'll be knocked out of the ballpark for a few days. But there is a lot to say, and sooner or later I promise I will. Stay tuned.