I apologize for not posting in a while. I recently started a new job, and I’ve been trying to get up to speed on that as well as take care of a few other things. I’m happy to say that my new job is in the healthcare field, as I have found the opportunity to tell those stories to be particularly rewarding.
Not long after I joined Twitter, I found and began following Dr. Jen Gunter (@DrJenGunter). In addition to being an OB/GYN in the San Francisco area, she’s an author and thought leader in her field, frequently appearing in local and national media. The following blog post is a story that is all-too-typical of the American health care system, and one that is particularly pertinent now, after a week dominated by the Supreme Court’s hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Whether you are in favor of the ACA or not (and I agree that it leaves some things to be desired), I imagine you all don’t like seeing stories like this.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The patient in the emergency department smelled of advanced cancer. It is the smell of rotting flesh, but even more pungent. You only ever have to smell it once.

She had been bleeding irregularly, but chalked it up to “the change.” Peri-menopausal hormonal mayhem is the most common cause of irregular vaginal bleeding, but unfortunately not the only cause.

She hadn’t gone to the doctor because she had no health insurance. The only kind of work she could get in a struggling rural community was without benefits. Her coat and shoes beside the gurney were worn and her purse from another decade. She could never afford to buy it on her own. She didn’t qualify for Medicaid, the local doctor only took insurance, and there was no Planned Parenthood or County Clinic nearby.

So nothing was done about the bleeding until she passed out at work and someone called an…

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