Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Medicine Immorality

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Medicine Immorality

Article excerpt

I found it quite ironic that two articles in the June 11 PG were side by side , both concerning health care. And one could be the answer to the other's problem.

In one article, Dolores Suvak, a retired teacher who is 68 years young, has found it more and more challenging to pay for her diabetes medication ("Cost of Insulin Just One Hurdle for Seniors With Diabetes"). At one point she had asked a West Penn medical staffer, "What if I just decided not to take it?" The staff member's response was, "You would be writing your death sentence."

Also mentioned in the article is that patients sometimes take less than what they should take, they re-use needles, or they don't test themselves as often as they should. And in some instances it seems like they flip a coin over which they should pay for: food and utilities or their lifesaving medication. …

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