25 September 2009

Default Death Panel

Kimi Young, 22 a young vibrant woman with her whole life ahead of her died Tuesday of H1N1 Virus. She had two degrees, worked two jobs, but did not have health insurance:
Young became ill about two weeks ago, but didn’t seek care initially because she didn’t have health insurance and was worried about the cost, according to Brent Mowery, her friend and former roommate.

Mowery said Young eventually went to an urgent care facility in Hamilton where she was given pain medication and then sent home.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Young’s condition suddenly worsened and her roommate drove her to McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, where she was flown in critical condition to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

“That’s the most tragic part about it. If she had insurance, she would have gone to the doctor,” Mowery said.


VisuaLingual said...

What a tragic story. Really, though, so many of my peers [me, too] are in this situation, playing Russian roulette with the various symptoms we occasionally experience.

Anonymous said...

I first read about Kimi Young not having health insurance in a post on the Suburban Guerilla blog. It was a link to the Dayton Daily news.

I went to our recycling pile and pulled out the two Enquirer articles on Ms Young I'd remembered seeing. Now maybe my bifocals aren't working all that well, but I didn't see anything about her not having health coverage in either article.

Isn't it interesting they either didn't think to ask that question or left it out? I sometimes joke that you know less after you finish reading The Enquirer than you did before you started.

Blue Ash Mom

CityKin said...

^the Enquirer completely missed this.

vibaku said...

All this swine flu and regular flu. They are whipping up these designer flu's in laboratories and the spreading them. A form of population control. Just how the hell does the government know exactly when they will hit and who is going to get sick from them...and of course the drug companies are whipping up the cure for a price to squeeze the people for more money. it's all bad business very bad and hey I didn't hear that on Glen Beck

5chw4r7z said...

I think we all agree we need health insurance everyone keeps trotting out the why's.
I'm interested in the how's.
How are we going to do it?
Seems no one wants to talk about that.

Anonymous said...

Schwartz, not sure what you mean by "How." Do you mean, How are we going to get past the political hurdles in the way of a national health care program? That's a real question -- ever since Truman there have been various attempts to get something going and they've all floundered on political hurdles. This is where writing and calling the White House and your elected representatives comes in.

Or do you mean, How in the world would the transition from our current system to a better system be managed? What would the new system look like? If you're really interested in this "how," I've learned a lot from regularly reading Ezra Klein's and Paul Krugman's blogs. There are a lot of policy wonks out there who have put a lot of thought into this question.

There are a lot of different models out there -- which really should be self-evident: we're the only wealthy, industrialized country that does not provide its entire citizenry with health care. Which means there are a lot of different countries with a lot of different approaches, any one of which could be used as our inspiration. The only thing all these other models have in common, besides covering everyone, is that they cost less than ours.

Blue Ash Mom