Alissa’s Tale

Sun, May 20, 2007


There was an interesting discussion in the comments section on a post I wrote earlier this month on health care wondering how we can address the health care crisis we face in our country, especially when it comes our children.

When I wrote it, I wasn’t even thinking about how our warped health insurance system impacts doctors who practice in sub-sub-pediatric specialities and, consequently, what that means for the survival of children who have rare conditions and diseases.

Until the health struggles of a family I know hit me in the face.

If you’re still on the fence about whether there is some role the government ought to have in children’s health care and the treatment that should be easily available, especially in a large metropolitan area, please read this.

I hope this will at least begin to change your mind.
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6 Responses to “Alissa’s Tale”

  1. Pendullum Says:

    I live in Canada and one of the things that makes me happy and so proud to to be Canadian is our National Healthcare…

  2. Lawyer Mama Says:

    I can understand his frustration. When I wrote my recent post about Hollis’s feeding aversions as an infant, I could have written an accompanying book about our struggle to get in to see a pediatric gastroenterologist covered by our insurance. I actually broke down sobbing on the phone & some poor administrator took pity on me and got us in without the 4 month wait.

    And then there was the pediatric nutritionist. We were lucky enough to get in before the pediatric nutrition program at Fairfax hospital was shut down completely. And all of this is in the DC area. I cannot imagine what parents do in less populated areas.

  3. Ruth Dynamite Says:

    Even the educated ones with connections fall prey to a system that punishes those it serves (including docs) while rewarding hospital CEOs and insurance execs.

    Something’s gotta give.

  4. Mixter Says:

    It is not only children’s specialists. I will be seeing a rheumatologist on May 31st, a good six months (!) after I got the referral. And, I’m NOT a new patient: I’ve actually been to this doctor before. This is in Milwaukee, not some little podunk town. Ridiculous, but what choice do I have but to wait?


  5. Sornie Says:

    I am so torn on this, I know that there has to be an affordable solution and that the best option I can think of is getting the government involved until I see what little that the government has done that has gone well.

  6. impromptublogger Says:

    Yes, the situation with specialists is bad. When my daughter developed an allergy to latex, I wanted an allergist to see her ASAP. The Children’s Hospital center near us would have been a 3-4 wait. Luckily there was a local allergist who saw us and he was very good. But that is not true of all people.

    And unfortunately if you want the best sometimes you do have to wait. It took 3 months to get an initial consult for my daugher’s orthodontist because he’s so good!

    The article did hit home, especially since my daughter’s name is also Alyssa.

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