This time last year, I heard on talk radio that once 2014 arrived and the Affordable Care Act became law that the doctor offices and doctors would be unreachable. People would not be able to get appointments.
Health care would go to heck in a hand basket.
Then, on January first, I had a stellar gall bladder attack. I went to my physician here in San Miguel who did an ultrasound, saw that my gall bladder needed removal. He suggested that I get to a doctor in the USA and
have it removed as soon as possible.
I didn't have a doctor as I had not been to my former physician in over ten years. That clinic would not take me as a former patient. The receptionist said I would have to come in and apply. My first thoughts were that maybe what I had heard on talk radio was happening!
Then my daughter found a surgeon who came highly recommended. I called him, got an appointment, and flew to Houston. Never has anything gone any smoother as far as professionalism, care and recovery.
It was kinda a "bada bada boom""experience. I flew in on Tuesday, saw the Dr. on Thursday, had the surgery the following Monday and flew home one week later after being seen and released by the Doctor.
Smooth as silk. That was my experience with Dr. Wallace and his team at St. Luke's outpatient surgery.
One of the reasons I was in Houston at this time last year was because my eye doctor here in San Miguel had told me I was getting a cataract on the only eye I could see out of - oy vey! I wanted confirmation from the clinic I had been going to for at least four years.
I had the appointment. Dr. Welton, who had been the doctor at the clinic that I had been using, said I needed to meet Dr. Marc Sanders who performed the cataract surgery and was a Professor at Baylor. They both were of the opinion that, at that time, I needed to have the surgery.
Whoa! I was NOT ready for that. I had to ruminate on the situation. I did get a new contact prescription that helped immensely. As many of you know, then I worried, thought and finally decided as my vision got worse and worse, that I had to go forward with the surgery to remove the cataract.
I made the trip in August to Houston. Scared to death that I would be returning, possibly, not being able to see.
Wonder of wonders, the team at Diagnostic Eye Center were just as professional as the surgeon for the gall bladder surgery.
With their "point person", Janie Espino, who answered all questions, gave calming comments and scheduled the surgery and follow ups, I felt in more then competent hands. I let her and Dr. Sanders know that I was
terrified. They assured and reassured me.
In fact, Dr. Sanders said he would like to do more. He wanted to use the laser technology that would allow more precise procedures to be accomplished. He wanted to remove the astigmatism and several other things. I let go of my fear and let him. The two surgeries were at the eye surgery facility at the University of Houston Eye center on campus.
I'm still awed by my new vision! Every morning when I rise, I can't believe I can see so well without glasses, contacts or anything. Same thing all day. Better then in my whole life. You "see", I've had to wear something or put something in my eye for over 70 years, I still have the thought that I need to remove my contact lense at night and then say, "Nope, no more".
To top all of this off, I received a hand written thank you note the other day from Dr. Sanders!
That certainly has not been my experience.
It made my day.
My point is that healthcare in the USA, at least in my case this year, has certainly been excellent and way over and above what I expected. The other thing is that Medicare and my supplemental policy paid for nearly every penny. My drug coverage paid for one medicine which was $1100USD and I only had to pay $117. Whew, thankfully.
If you are ever in need of eye care, please contact Diagnostic Eye Center or Dr. Wallace in Houston. Let them know I sent you as a friend, I wish you good health...........