A Collection of Problems with the US Health Care System

Disabled. Florida. Statement 10050.

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I was asked to leave my job in Oct, 2003 because I had too many health problems that affected my job. I’m a medical coder and required to sit for long periods of time. My back hurt and my legs would go numb if I didn’t get up and move around. I had to see several doctors and would come in early or stay late to make up time. Anyway I was out of work for a long time and finally was in so much pain I applied for assistance. My daughter made too much money, we live together, for Medicaid. Luckily the county I live in did have a healthcare program that I qualified for. It turns out I have spinal stenosis with nerve entrapment, I need surgery but I am 40 pounds overweight and the surgeon won’t do it. I personally believe that he doesn’t want to do it because of my being on healthcare. I also have a pacemaker but the primary care dr won’t send me to a cardiologist, she says I don’t need one. I haven’t seen a cardiologist since July 2003 when I had my pacemaker moved. I also have rheumatoid arthritis and there are no rheumatologist on the plan so I have to pay out of pocket, and am running up big bills. I’ve applied for Social Security Disability but was turned down, a practice I understand is usual for them. Our government can send millions to help other countries but they can’t help out people here that have paid taxes get medical assistance. Oh I also have anxiety attacks and depression but I feel this is due to my circumstances. Thanks for letting me vent here. I hope our government will help those of us lost in the system.