I shouldn't have had my gold-capped molar teeth
removed so that I could have throat radiation. I shouldn't have had a feeding
tube, (inserted incorrectly and resulting in stomach surgery). I shouldn't have
had radiation on my throat and lost my taste buds for over a year. I shouldn't
have had chemotherapy that made me so sick I was throwing up for months.I
should not have gone from 153 pounds to 125 pounds in six weeks. It shouldn't
have been necessary for me to run away from all this torture spending over
$10,000 going to a Mexican clinic seeking another solution for the superficial
squamous cell cancer on my epiglottis.
The ENT who discovered this cancer told me I had no
alternatives other than surgical cutting away of part of my epiglottis or going
to a local cancer clinic for radiation and chemo. The Oncologists at the cancer
clinic told me radiation and chemotherapy were the only options to surgical
cutting away of part of my epiglottis. Three different physicians provided me
only with the worse options available, those listed above. Medicare and my supplemental policy paid for all these failed measures.
In the end, I found the simple solution, which I should
have been told about from the very beginning. I had to stumble upon the
information about laser surgery myself, over the internet. All I had to do
was go to Mayo Clinic and get an easy laser surgery, without diet, without
radiation, without feeding tube, without illness, and without expense since
Medicare and my supplemental insurance covered it. This is what I ended up doing at
additional expense to my medical insurance. That was five years ago, my cancer
All that previous treatment was a waste aside from
torture. The chemotherapist even ranted at me about what a great deal I
got with Medicare and insinuated I did not "earn" it. But we all know if it were
not for Medicare many doctors would be unemployed. Each of these doctors got
their piece of my Medicare benefits before I found real help.
Unfortunately many professionals are not keeping up with
advances in their fields, which renders them incompetent. On the other hand,
perhaps they are more interested in earning Medicare funds than they are in
seeing to the well-being of a patient. Failure to give good medical advice to
seek the better help elsewhere borders on criminal. They also complain about
liability insurance and law suits, but many people suffer the above consequences
and are never compensated because they do not sue.
Meanwhile, many of these corporations are forming PACs,
encouraging their employees to donate to Republicans who will keep Medicare
private profits up. When will we ever have an end to private, for-profit health
care? We cannot afford to risk our lives by allowing greed motive to be part of
our health care system or part of any other vital human services.
Palsimon, formally educated in journalism & law, is an independent progressive activist & writer, focusing on guarding integrity of media & government. (.)