Plainfield Plaintalker has never tried to compete or replicate the work of a daily newspaper, but exists to provide City Hall and development news that might otherwise not see daylight.
That is not to say that Plaintalker is not interested in health care issues.
Some may remember when the Plainfield Health Center was touted as a primary care facility. Primary care doctors today are in scarce supply. My son's PHC experience has been that he gets a different doctor each time after a really long wait at the health center.
Both of us have been able to get various tests at Muhlenberg, even though my endocrinologist has moved to Summit and his neurologist has moved to Warren. Almost all of our health providers are now outside Plainfield.
In past years, in other locations, my family could depend on the kindly Dr. Foley in Millington, just a few steps fron our house in the former Passaic Township, for health care. My current mainstay is the formidable Dr. Chen, formerly of Muhlenberg but now of Summit, for my thyroid problems. I only have to visit once a year now and was lucky to get a ride in April for the checkup.
Recently, I have heard tales of seniors who felt ill but decided to tough it out rather than dial 911 , because the arrival of an ambulance now might mean an expensive trip to an unknown facility. In fact, I feel the same way. This situation may save on health costs because elders don't want to make waves, but please folks, if you are hurting, get help, even if it has a governmental tag.