As many of you know, I recently had a defibrillator installed. This was in response to a heart attack I suffered the last time I went under the knife. Now I have lost the use of up to 20% of my heart, but, as they say, there is no point in crying over spilled milk. What I do take issue with is how medical companies are taking advantage of people like me – the disabled and severely ill.
I want to tell you a story of a company that is gouging patients who have no other choice but to use their service. I won’t mention the company’s name for legal reasons, but I will fill you in on the details. I’d like to be able to say this was the only instance I have come across in my 25 years of R.A. where a company has tried to take financial advantage of the ill. Unfortunately, I cannot make that claim, as this is only the latest instance of gouging I have experienced.
Most people have three major veins that carry blood to the heart. I only have two – it’s a condition called left-dominant circulation. Because of this, my heart is more likely to develop an arrhythmia, which is just a big word for an irregular heartbeat. In order to reduce the chance of me dropping dead due to this phenomenon, I had an implantable defibrillator installed.