Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Dental Problem

Remember the one with the tooth problem, which I wrote about a couple months ago. She has to pay with medical coupons. The clinic wouldn’t pull the infected tooth because it wasn’t an emergency. When it becomes infected it can’t be pulled until the infection has been eliminated. It was decided that only an oral surgeon can pull the tooth, but oral surgeons in this town will not accept the medical coupons because they will not began to cover the actual expense of the surgery. I think that is the reason.
So she has returned to hospital about four times as an emergency because the mouth was so infected. Received stronger antibiotics and it would tame it down for awhile and when it came back it would require another trip to emergency. Finally it became so infected she had to be hospitalized for five days. Oral surgeons pulled the tooth and now she is home recovering. Think how much that cost the Taxpayers in the State of Washington. If they had pulled it the first time she went to emergency it would have cost about a 10th of what it ended up costing. Not to mention the pain and suffering they could have saved.

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Diane said...

Oh, don't EVEN get me started on the government! I'm ready to flush them all down the toilet and start all over again!!!! I'm happy your friend is at least pain free now. Have a great week!


Jimh. said...

And they say OUR way of life should not be changed...I say bring on some decent health care.

Rafter's-n-Henderson said...

How sad to have seen your friend go through such pain. Sometimes we all have those dumb founded moments where we can say WHY???>... and How could they let this poor woman stay in such misery over and over again and keep sending her home. Please let her know we are praying for her recovery.

Raggedy Girl said...

This why we have to change the way we do heath care in America. When we start treating people preventively the cost of medicine will plummet. Other countries can manage to deliver low cost care to ALL their citizens and we should be able to do the same.

Off my tiny soapbox and glad your friend finally got treatment.

Have A Wonderful Day
from Roberta Anne

Robyn said...

Oh my this you or really a friend? Whoever it is...poor thing. Nothing worse than tooth pain, nothing I say.