I bitch about my kidney and the pain I deal with daily.
But today, I realized that because of my status as a white, middle class, married, mom, who is insured, literate, intelligent, and educated. If any of these variables I may have to fight for medical care.
I get great access to care- I can call my doctor and be seen today. I can go to my local emergency room and be treated respectfully, listened to, and cared about. My referrals to specialties are quick and efficient. Even my referrals to academic medical centers are quick.
My doctors and health care professionals listen to me and take me seriously.
I bring my husband with me when I can to help explain things from his perspective. I all of my medical care at the same place. I also do a lot of research to make sure I am understanding things properly.
It is so depressing to realize that without my 'status' I would not have access to the medical care that I do. Would not have access to my medications, I would not have access to surgeries and specialists.
How come health care is not a human right?