Muhlenberg: From Plainfield to Summit
I am better off than most, because I do not have multiple conditions that require frequent exams. Or maybe I am living in a fool's paradise by not knowing all the problems I have, due to lack of the old-fashioned doctor-patient relationship.
When I lived in Millington, Dr. Foley was just down the road and insurance companies had not yet become the unwanted bed partner in the transaction. Even when Dr. Foley looked at a rash and declared, "Never saw that one before," or assumed the rash I contracted from my special ed students was an STD, I gladly paid my $67 or whatever and carried on.
FYI, the latter rash was Fifth Disease, not evidence of naughty behavior. It seems there are four classic rashes from childhood diseases and the next one was just called Fifth Disease.
Now, like many people and especially seniors, I feel bereft of proper health care and am just hoping my luck holds out before all my old age money gets sucked up by some diagnosis, followed by tests, followed by consultants, maybe followed by hospitalization somewhere where I have no resources to help me out.
My only hope is that President Barack Obama will somehow be able to recalibrate the health care system so that it is not skewed toward profitability, but for its original intent.
At least Dr. Chen will let me go to Muhlenberg for blood work. I will still be able to take part in what is available at the so-called Muhlenberg Campus. And I can walk there, despite most of our family medical and dental practitioners having moved away.
Not much solace.