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22. You're right, especially about access to specialists.
Mon Apr 15, 2024, 08:41 PM
Apr 2024

My sister (now deceased) lived in a rural town. There's a hospital there, but it can only do so much. This past January, she got covid (not an antivaxxer, but had been living in a nursing home). She was admitted to the local hospital, but when a nephrolology consult was needed, they had to put her in an ambulance and send her to a bigger hospital in a city that was 50 miles away. In her case, Medicaid paid for everything, but without that, she would have have been up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

(Before anyone asks, she was diabetic and her kidneys had been gradually failing. That bout of covid pushed her over the edge into what is called end-stage kidney failure, treatable only by dialysis or by a transplant. She wasn't a good candidate for either, for reasons that would take too long to go into here. She was past being able to make any decisions, so as the person who held her medical power of attorney, I had to make the call to change her code status to dnr (do not resuscitate) and call in hospice services. She was transported 50 miles back to the nursing home in her little town, where she died about a week later. The hospice folks were fantastic, and I am fine now.)

I mention this just as an example of the extra hassles that can occur in a small rural town with a lack of local access to specialized medical care, even when payment is not a barrier.

Access to quality medical care may be a part Maeve Apr 2024 #1
bingo. WarGamer Apr 2024 #5
And, the city hospitals are now bamagal62 Apr 2024 #6
You're right, especially about access to specialists. ShazzieB Apr 2024 #22
Jeez !!!! Karadeniz Apr 2024 #2
They die of jobs where OSHA is absent or barely present. no_hypocrisy Apr 2024 #3
I think you're right. And the stats should be able to show this. erronis Apr 2024 #11
I live in furniture making country in rural NC ms liberty Apr 2024 #24
And I thought we were doing a good thing buying American. LT Barclay Apr 2024 #27
It is a good thing. But it's not easy work, it's physically demanding ms liberty Apr 2024 #37
The pieces are definitely quality and we are "bringing them home". We are working on a move to Anderson, SC by June. LT Barclay Apr 2024 #38
Oh yes, you will be able to find someone I am sure. n/t ms liberty Apr 2024 #40
Don't forget more pesticide exposure, higher reliance on hunting and fishing for sustenance LT Barclay Apr 2024 #25
Good points. Everyday life harards/stresses, coping attempts. brush Apr 2024 #28
"Stick it to the libs" idiocy is undoubtedly a factor. Aristus Apr 2024 #4
It also encompasses males being against other practices that they perceive as "nanny state" or anti-macho. Sky Jewels Apr 2024 #8
The only problem is when it ends up killing someone other than the toxics themselves. Aristus Apr 2024 #10
Yeah, but men have always been that way. erronis Apr 2024 #12
Yep. Anyone remember Sarah Palin drinking a "diabeetus in a cup" Big Gulp... keep_left Apr 2024 #19
It worked. jimfields33 Apr 2024 #36
People in cities are more active Buckeyeblue Apr 2024 #7
And In so calif urban areas..gyms are packed!! Demovictory9 Apr 2024 #9
IMNSHO, refusing to expand Medicaid is reprehensible. ShazzieB Apr 2024 #13
Can we state it in the same moralistic terms as Fox News would? JadedButHopeful Apr 2024 #14
I have a hospital literally a block away from my house. BlueTsunami2018 Apr 2024 #15
We're On The Fringes Of Chicagoland ProfessorGAC Apr 2024 #29
It's 41 miles to the nearest hospital for me Kaleva Apr 2024 #34
At least they're voting for people who will put their kids to work after they're dead. Probatim Apr 2024 #16
Opioids? In the US Appalachian & Ohio areas irisblue Apr 2024 #17
All of the things others have said Tree Lady Apr 2024 #18
I remember reading how badly fried fish impacted the heath of southerners BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 2024 #26
True, I try to stay away from fried food Tree Lady Apr 2024 #41
Stubbornness Drum Apr 2024 #20
Republicans, in their determination to be cruel, are killing off their voters dlk Apr 2024 #21
Insecticides&herbicides OceanPete Apr 2024 #23
Yep, all those toxic chemicals in the clime nearby are sure to kick butt, then bucket kicking. brush Apr 2024 #33
It is likely a number of things. Manual jobs in all weather and poor working conditions are two I think. twodogsbarking Apr 2024 #30
Medicaid expansion has not been implemented JustAnotherGen Apr 2024 #31
+1 betsuni Apr 2024 #45
Rates can be misleading when talking about small numbers Kaleva Apr 2024 #32
I live 30 miles from the closest hospital equipped with a Cath Lab Cheezoholic Apr 2024 #35
yikes. glad you made it. BlueWaveNeverEnd Apr 2024 #43
They closed a few hospitals/clinics in rural area in my area. LiberalFighter Apr 2024 #39
Because their employers choose profit over regulations? Initech Apr 2024 #42
I notice the food first when I visit family in "rural America." hunter Apr 2024 #44
I was a vegetarian traveling thru the south..it wasnt easy Demovictory9 Apr 2024 #46
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