This is just incredibly sad. And wouldn’t have happened in Canada, the UK, France or most other civilized countries.
This type of tragedy will just continue to play out until people get past their fear of “socialized medicine” and develop a healthy fear of how the insurance companies prevent people from being covered or getting the care they need.
Tell me again how everything is better in the U.S.A and I’ll tell you again to stop drinking the Kool Aid. The insurance companies played the public like a cheap violin during the health care debate to prevent a public option.
Now we still have inequality and tragedy for the growing number of people without health insurance…
Oh, and don’t forget the GOP still wants to get rid of Medicare and Medicaid for the elderly and the very poor who do have some government coverage.
Kyle Willis, a 24-year-old man from Ohio, died on Wednesday from a tooth infection, Cincinati’s WLWT reported.
According to the station, Willis’ wisdom tooth began hurting two weeks ago, and dentists said it needed to be removed.
Willis, however, was a single father without health insurance, and couldn’t afford the procedure.
After developing severe headaches and facial swelling, he went to the emergency room.
Although doctors recommended antibiotics and pain medication, Willis could only afford one.
Patti Collins, Willis’s aunt, told WLWT what happened next.
“‘The (doctors) gave him antibiotic and pain medication. But he couldn’t afford to pay for the antibiotic, so he chose the pain meds, which was not what he needed,’ Collins said. Doctors told Willis’ family that while the pain had stopped, the infection kept spreading — eventually attacking his brain and causing it to swell.”
Willis leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter, and family members are hoping to create a fund for her future college education.
Dr. Irvin Silverstein, a dentist at the University of California told ABC news that Willis’ story isn’t uncommon.
“People don’t realize that dental disease can cause serious illness.The problems are not just cosmetic. Many people die from dental disease. When people are unemployed or don’t have insurance, where do they go? What do they do? Silverstein said. People end up dying, and these are the most treatable, preventable diseases in the world.”
Four years ago, 12-year-old Demonte Drived died after his mother, Alyce, couldn’t find a dentist who took Medicaid and bacteria from a tooth abscess spread to his brain.
A Kaiser Family Foundation report found that between 2007 and 2008, the number of uninsured adults rose by 1.5 million.
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This is heartbreakingly sad, and all too common a systemic failure of the “greatest country on earth”.
You can bet, though, that if he were an illegal immigrant he would have gotten all the care he needed from the emergency room at his local hospital.
Anyone needing medical care should be able to get it. Period.