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posted at February 8, 2012 8:10 PM EST
First: February 8, 2012
Last: February 8, 2012
I am a retired primary care physician and board certified anatomic pathologist. I was practicing before medicare and saw all the care that our patients got. As an intern and resident at Piedmont hospital in Atlanta we saw and treated patients of low incomes with essentially no charge. A relative of mine was admitted with a large femoral hernia. She had surgery and extented hospitalization with a charge of $0.75 for medication upon discharge. Pharaceutical agents gave us very large quantites of meds to give to our patients in need. I have been horrified at to Obamacare gives their rules. I did a breast cancer screening project and found most of the patients to be over 50 years old but the ones younger had a very poor survival rate.
Now, the real message. My mother and father each died of Alzhiemers disease and we cared for them at home until it became dangerous to their well being. When we needed help we couldn't get. My father was still paying Ga. taxes. He had to be hospitalized by a state hospital. I got a call one night from Grady Hospital telling me my father had died there and come pick up the body. We didn't were informed that he was transferred there.
I would like to help if possible by putting in my thoughts. I did some nursing home physicals. The patients were unclothed wallowing around on the floor with attentants doing absolutely nothing. I am 71 years old and would be available to put any pearls concerning all the things I think can be improved.
Martha S. Bradford MD