Interesting letters into The Huffington Post yesterday in response an earlier story about American women giving up on their health care because of the costs:
Among advanced countries, America has the highest percentage of women who hold off on receiving health care for money-related reasons.
A flood of Huffington Post readers — insured and uninsured alike — responded, sharing their stories of skipping care because of cost-related issues.
“I have come to a point where I can’t afford many of the co-pays that my medicare advantage plan requires, so [I] often go without some doctor visits and dental care that I really need,” Frykman-Thieme wrote in an email.
For years, Deanna Busdieker, 45, from Cascade Locks, Ore., went without treatment for her ongoing mental health issues, which she attributed to a female hormonal imbalance called polycystic ovary syndrome. It wasn’t until she was on the verge of committing suicide that she was granted disability benefits and finally able to receive much needed medical attention, Busdieker wrote in an email.
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