posted on May, 2 2014 @ 11:25 AM
Let me start by saying my definition of "urgent care" does not include waiting for 6 hours to be seen by a doctor who, after almost no testing, says
"Well, we just don't know why you have a hole in you kneecap. Call me if you have any other problems. Bye." ...and then charges me $1600 for the
experience, without any diagnosis or resolution. That's what happened to me 3 years ago when I was without health insurance for a month and had to go
to "County General" hospital in San Francisco, one of the creepiest, scariest places I've ever been.
Bear with me, and fast forward to yesterday...I've had Obamacare/Anthem for 4 months now, paying $400/month for a Bronze plan since my employer could
no longer afford to maintain reasonable health coverage. This week, I contracted (embarrassing, please don't make fun) a UTI. 'Tried to cure it with
a natural approach but yesterday developed dizziness and a fever that began spiking one degree every half hour. When the thermometer hit close to
104, I grew alarmed and looked up urgent care/ER facilities that would accept my insurance. The only facility in the entire city of San Francisco that
would accept my insurance was -- you guessed it -- County General.
So, I was faced with spending a miserable night in a packed waiting room among violent shouting tweakers and people who smell so awful that you have
to move across the room or gag, only for a crap shoot result of maybe having my problem resolved. 'Will probably be lambasted for this, but I
took some antibiotics from my cabinet, instead. (They were some that I refused to take some months ago because of the side effects, and still had on
hand. Bad girl, Grace, but I'm glad that I did!)
The point is: What an AWFUL decision to have to make!! Insult to injury, County General is known to grossly overcharge people and with my Bronze-level
$5000 deductible, it would all be out-of-pocket. Money is not always the most important thing, obviously, but what does it say about our healthcare
situation that we have to make such choices and factor in these things when we have a raging fever?