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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 easily cured.
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.
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Palsimon, formally educated in journalism & law, is an independent progressive activist & writer, focusing on guarding integrity of media & government. (.)

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