Women's health is an issue near and dear to my heart
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Please take a look at today's featured Spark Health News article:
Women's health is an issue near and dear to my heart.
When I was in graduate school, I'll come out and say it: I was poor. Maybe not poverty-line poor but every penny I made went straight to paying for necessities. There was no margin for error. Graduate students don't exactly make a lot of money and living in the NYC metropolitan area isn't exactly cheap either. I'm not looking for sympathy here. I'm not saying it was all sunshine and roses because most of the time it wasn't, but I survived and the experience has made me a more thrifty person.
My student health insurance wasn't the best either and it was my only option as I was too old to be on my parents' insurance plan. The student plan was sickness and accident insurance and didn't cover anything that was considered preventative care. Meaning, if I had a heart attack, my treatments would be covered, but not the tests that would tell me if I had heart disease and was at risk for a heart attack. Don't worry, I didn't have a heart atttack but that was just the example my fellow students and I liked to use. And I do realize that ANY insurance was better than none as I was in a severe car accident at one point and somehow walked away with only $500 in medical bills. And yes, I know how lucky I am that I was able to walk away at all.
I am now in a much better financial and life situation. Even though I'm still not exactly rolling in the dough, my job has benefits and I have good health insurance. I will never take access to health insurance for granted again. I think all the time of how there are people who are still in the situation I was in, or even worse. I'm not surprised at the results of this study at all. Again and again, research shows that those of lower socioeconomic status receive less health care or lower quality care.
I think we have to stop seeing health care as a privilege but rather a human right. Our health is too important.