Welcome to October’s “Blog Back” column, a recent feature on the blog where the Living Beyond Breast Cancer staff write about their thoughts and experiences for you. This month’s columnist is Michelle Bielko, our Editor and Manager, Publications. In this “Blog Back” post, Michelle writes about her experience working on the Cancer Insurance Checklist, and what the shifting access in healthcare coverage means to her.
As a volunteer emergency department liaison at a community hospital, too often I’ve overheard an individual in the throes of an emergent medical injury or illness exclaim with panic, “I don’t have health insurance. Will you still treat me?”, upon approaching the check-in desk. In those milliseconds before a patient registrar offers assurance that emergency care will be given regardless of insurance status, that individual often looks as if she or he fears hearing another set of words instead: “I’m sorry. In that case, we cannot treat you” — as if turning around and walking out the doors might be expected of her or him at a time of urgent medical need. (more…)