You see, since I graduated university, um, 15 years ago, I have either had no health insurance, or I've had an awful individual policy with a ridiculously high deductible (translation: excess) that didn't cover a lot of things anyway (off the top of my head, no maternity, birth control, or mental health).
Politics aside, one big effect of having a policy like that is: I just never went to the doctor. I know that's bad. I even have had friends, well, die because they didn't go to the doctor for random pains before the cancers had spread too far. Morose, no?
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My back has been bothering me for years. Having a baby exacerbated it -- the awkward nursing positions, the babywearing, the bending over to pick him up, etc. It's getting to the point where I feel like I'd make a good hunchback. Yoga isn't helping, as the positions that are supposed to help me are incredibly painful or impossible.
I finally went to the doctor yesterday, who promptly ordered some tests that cost more than that trip to Europe last month, and I'm kind of regretting going. The bright side: I did have a really good experience with her. Her office found me a same-day appointment. She spent more time with me than any US doctor ever has -- 15 minutes! -- and she was incredibly kind, empathetic, and really nice to talk to.
So now we wait for fun test results to come back, and we'll see if I am permanently a hunchback (should I blame the accordion? or bad genes?) .
Anyway, I do wish I'd gone years ago when this first started bothering me. I don't have any solutions to the American health care problem, but I do know that preventive care is cheaper and easier than waiting until it's too late.
Excuse me while I attempt to limp away from the computer now.