One doesn’t have to look hard to find ways, big and small, in which our health system is far from the best. I’ve had a few battles with insurers and providers to get them to do their jobs. Aaron Carroll has too. His story is so typical and frustrating. It’s hard to summarize in a brief quote so I’ll just give you the conclusion and encourage you to read the rest (warning: it will piss you off, and it should).
I did nothing wrong. I follow the rules. I pay my bills. I go to my appointments. I remember to refill on time. I do everything right. And I’m absolutely screwed.
Best health care system in the world my ass.
And remember, Carroll is a physician and a researcher who studies our health system. If it fails him, even in a small way, imagine what it’s doing to those less able to “work it.”